€30m United, City & Chelsea target to make EPL move

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Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City target Fernando is set to play in the Premier League next season, according to reports.

Antonio Araujo, the businessman of the FC Porto defensive midfielder, made the claim after a January transfer window that the saw the 26-year-old heavily linked with a move to England.

A switch failed to materialise however, and the former Vila Nova starlet penned a new contract at the Estádio do Dragão earlier this month with a €30million release clause included.

The deal, until 2017, appears to be little more than an agreement to get Porto a good fee however, as Araujo claims a switch to the Premier League will happen next season.

"God willing, and will want the Fernando will play in the Premier League next season. God willing," he told RTP, according to Record.

Araujo confirmed that Manchester City had the ‘strongest’ interest in the player last month, but Manuel Pellegrini is by no means assured of bringing the player to the Etihad Stadium.

“Manchester City was the strongest candidate of all. But they were not alone in the race for Fernando’s signature,” he added.

Indeed, reports at the start of the month claimed Chelsea were ready to challenge their title rivals for his signature in the summer.

Jose Mourinho has overseen a number of changes since returning to Stamford Bridge, with Nemanja Matic one of his big signings as ‘the Special One’ puts the Blues’ focus on not conceding.

Fernando would give Chelsea another option in the holding midfield position if he makes the move to west London, but the reigning champions have also got their eye on the player.

Manchester United manager David Moyes has endured a season to forget since taking the reigns from Sir Alex Ferguson last summer.

And, despite adding Juan Mata in the January transfer window, things haven't picked up for the Red Devils on the pitch in recent weeks.

Adding Fernando would add some stability to the Manchester United midfield at Old Trafford, but there is a long way to go before a deal is secured - despite his brother hinting at a preference for the club just last week.

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