Porto star's brother hints at Man United or Barcelona interest

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The brother of Manchester City target Fernando has confirmed the Brazilian midfielder will leave FC Porto at the end of the season, but mentioned Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid as example clubs that are above his current level, reports Sky Sports.

There have been recent suggestions that the 26-year-old has already reached a pre-contract agreement to join Manuel Pellegrini's side in the summer, prompting unrest at Estadio do Dragao, with rumours Fernando might not play for Paulo Fonseca's side again this campaign.

However, Joca Reges has denied allegations of disruption in Portugal, though his comments might have rubbed alleged suitors Manchester City up the wrong way, after they were overlooked when discussing the type of club the South American could sign for.

"Fernando missed the last games because he was injured, but it's nothing serious and he will be back soon," he told Mais Futebol. "I believe he will be able to play on Sunday [against Paços Ferreira].

"Manager Paulo Fonseca considers him indispensable, it's been a difficult season and the manager doesn't want to give up being helped by Fernando.

"[However] this is Fernando's last season at FC Porto, it has been decided already.

"Fernando has his goals and he wants to play in a bigger league. Porto are a big club but they are a level below Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United, for example."

Red Devils boss David Moyes was credited with an interest in bringing the Porto star to Old Trafford last month, with the Daily Mirror intimating that Fernando could have joined the Premier League champions before the January deadline.

It's clear that Manchester United still need reinforcements in defensive midfield, and though it hasn't been confirmed they are considering an offer for the Brazilian, he has been the subject of enquires from English clubs.

"A few English clubs have contacted me," confirmed the player's agent Antonio Araujo. "We're in talks with the club about an extension, and no option can be ruled out. The situation will be more clear within the next days."

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