Manchester City are confident that they will make Porto star Fernando their first summer signing in a deal worth £20m, despite the midfielder only penning a new contract with the Portuguese giants in February.
Fernando penned a three-year extension with Porto after another strong season in Portugual, with City scouts regular visitors to the Estadio Dragao to watch both the Brazilian enforcer and French defensive starlet Eliaquim Mangala.
The 26-year-old's current contract still includes a buyout clause though and The Mirror believe City are ready to take advantage with an offer at the end of the season, a deal they view as far easier to complete than any move for Mangala.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini has prioritised landing a top central defender but also wants an addition in midfield, to help ease the burden on the fantastic duo of Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.
Porto's midfield linchpin would certainly fit the bill, affectionately nicknamed the octopus thanks to an energetic style that matches intelligent positional play to a strong work-rate and ability to pick the right pass under pressure.
The Brazilian ace is keen to follow in Fernandinho's shoes and use the Premier League to prove he deserves consideration at international level, with one of European football's most consistent performers still waiting for a maiden Selecao call-up.
Shining for City would certainly help change that very quickly, with only potential UEFA sanctions concerning Financial Fair Play threatening to scupper one of the summer's biggest transfers.
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