According to The Sun via the Mirror (live transfer update, 5th June at 14:49) Manchester City midfielder Fernando is being chased by Spanish duo Villarreal and Valencia.
The report claims that new City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to reshape his squad this summer and in particular in midfield with a number of players, including Fernando, linked with an exit.
The Brazil international was a regular member of Manuel Pellegrini’s first-team squad this past season as he made 24 Premier League appearances plus a further eight starts in Europe.
The former Porto man started both of City’s Champions League semi-final matches against Real Madrid, while he was excellent during his side’s quarter-final victory over Paris Saint-Germain.
The 28-year-old no doubt has plenty of ability, yet the impending arrival of Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund has cast a shadow over both his and Yaya Toure’s future at the club.
Fernando has a contract with the Citizens which runs until 2019, although he could leave sooner than that.
The report says both Villarreal and Valencia are monitoring his situation and should City opt to sell him this summer, a switch to Spain rather than another Premier League side would make sense.
The player’s style of play is arguably more suited to the slower-paced La Liga, while at Villarreal he could find opportunities easier to come by while remaining at a Champions League club.