Manchester City and Porto have confirmed that the two clubs have reached an agreement that will see Fernando move to the Etihad ahead of next season. The Premier League champions have been linked with Fernando since January and the club have finally landed their target.
The exact fee that has been agreed for the defensive midfielder has not been announced, but is thought to be in the region of £12million. Fernando has also been assigned the number six shirt, which was previously worn by Joleon Lescott.
Fernando becomes City’s second signing of the summer, having already agreed a deal to bring in right-back, Bacary Sagna, after his contract with Arsenal ran down.
Speaking after the deal was confirmed, Fernando said, “I am so happy to finally be joining Manchester City,
“I know there was talk of me possibly signing last January so I am delighted that the deal has now been done and that I am a City player.”
Fernando has been at Porto since 2007, and has won four Primeira Liga titles and the Europa League during his time at the club, but believes it is time to move on.
“I have enjoyed my stay with Porto and I thank the club and the fans for their support during my time in Portugal.”
“I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and helping City to defend the title. It is a very exciting time to be part of this football club and I cannot wait to play in the Premier League.”
Manchester City are keen to strengthen their squad to avoid a repeat of the 2012/13 season, when they were unable to retain the Premier League title after failing to freshen up the squad in the transfer window.
The signing of Fernando should soften the blow if Yaya Toure does decide to leave the club this summer over claims they denied him leave to see his dying brother, while Fernando’s former Porto team-mate, Eliaquim Mangala, is also being targeted by the club.