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Manchester United given citizenship boost in Fernando pursuit

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Manchester United have been handed a boost in their chase for Brazilian midfielder Fernando as any work permit issues are set to resolved, making any move considerably easier to happen.

According to A Bola, the 26-year-old is about to apply for Portuguese citizenship, which would make completing a move to Old Trafford significantly easier.

New manager David Moyes was linked with a possible move for the Porto midfielder last week, but any possible transfer to the Premier League champions would have been tough to pull off due to his lack of international football.

Fernando joined the Portuguese champions in 2007 from boyhood club Villa Nova in his native Brazil, but has never made an appearance for the senior national side, which would have made getting a work permit for any Manchester United move very difficult.

Playing 75 per cent of your country's internationals is usually a prerequisite for players outside of the EU to secure a UK work permit.

There will be no such problems soon, however, as he has lived in Portugal for six straight years and so should be eligible for citizenship and in turn making a work permit unnecessary if a transfer to the Premier League is sought.

Fernando is a combative defensive midfielder and could provide Manchester United with a bit more steel in front of the back four, something they have been criticised as lacking for some time.

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