Manchester United and Manchester City target Fernando is looking likely to be sold on by Porto this summer, as the Portuguese giants have held talks with Napoli concerning his future.
According to talkSPORT, representatives from Porto met with Napoli officials to discuss a potential switch for the midfielder when the two sides clashed last night in the Europa League. Fernando, who recently renewed his contract at the Estadio do Dragao until 2017, was said to be close to joining City in January, and United were also monitoring his situation.
However now Napoli have muscled their way into the frame a three-horse race for the Brazilian could potentially ensue. It would seem that with Rafael Benitez’s club not able to offer as much as City in terms of wages they are moving now to secure an early advantage, though the ultimate decision will be down to Fernando.
Known by home fans as ‘The Octopus’, the lanky centre-midfielder is adept when it comes to breaking up attacks and moving the ball - a role that United need to desperately fill. Whilst City already have Fernandinho in that specific specific Manuel Pellegrini made no secret of his attempts to sign the player two months ago, and is unlikely to have changed in mind by the time the summer transfer window rolls around.