Manchester City are closing in on Porto midfielder Fernando according to reports. The Brazilian had been a target last January but a deal had failed to be agreed. However, now the deal is almost done.
The Daily Mirror reports how Fernando is City's top target and senior officials are tying up the move. The fee is believed to be only £15 million pounds.
Fernando will not be at the World Cup after FIFA refused him clearance to switch national allegiance from Brazil to Portugal. This frees him to complete his medical in Manchester.
The 26-year-old has been a regular for Porto for a number of years and made 36 appearances last season in all competitions, providing two assists in the process.
The Brazilian has a vast array of European and Champions League experience gained from his time at Porto meaning he will not be phased by a move to the Premier League champions.
Fernando's arrival could pave way for the exit of Javi Garcia or Jack Rodwell who have both been linked with moves away from the Etihad Stadium.
Despite Yaya Toure being strongly linked with a move away from Manchester, Fernando has been signed to partner the Ivory Coast midfielder.
The Brazilian defensive midfielder has all the attributes to be a success in the Premier League for Manchester City. He is tall, strong, skillful, a great tackler of the ball and has a great engine making him an able box-to-box midfielder who can easily slot into Manuel Pellegrini's midfield.
The arrival of Fernando could also help City snare his Porto team-mate, centre back Eliaquim Mangala who they hold a long standing interest.
At the price of £15 million pounds Manchester City are getting a bargain in Porto's Fernando. He has all the skill to challenge Fernandinho for his spot in the City team and to add something special to the squad.
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