In the final hours of the transfer window in January, Manchester City and Porto negotiated on a double deal for both the defender Eliaquim Mangala and midfielder Fernando Reges. A private plane was ready to fly the duo to England but negotiations between the clubs broke down.
Now the transfer has gone through for the latter of the two. Porto confirmed on Wednesday that Fernando Reges will leave the club for the a chance to play at Manchester City. The Brazilian has signed a contract until 2019 and will cost about £12 million.
Fernando, who has been nicknamed "the octopus" by FC Porto supporters, started his career at the Brazilian club Vila nova before he was spotted and bought by Porto in 2007, where the 26-year-old has in recent years made a great impression in the defensive midfield.
FC Porto issued a statement earlier today on its website saying: "FC Porto hereby informs the market that we have reached an agreement with Manchester City regarding a permanent transfer of the professional football player Fernando Reges for 15 million euros."
Fernando is Manchester City's second purchase of the summer after the signing of Arsenal's Bacary Sagna joined on a free transfer earlier this summer.
Fernando is also no stranger to controversy. He was in the Brazilian under-20 squad at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, where he was sent off in the second round against Chile for assaulting referee Albert Duarte. He received a one-year ban from the CONMEBOL.
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