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Update: Thursday, Feb. 13
Fernando's agent Antonio Araujo has revealed that it will be a Premier League club that his client joins this summer, leaving out the specifics as to whom.
The Daily Star's Colin Harvey quotes Araujo as saying:
God willing, Fernando will play in the Premier League. Manchester City were a strong candidate, but were not alone in the race. He had a good contract from Monaco, but Porto found out that proposal was inconsistent with his claims.
Given how candid the midfielder's representative is being of late, Fernando would appear to be keen on an Estadio Dragao departure in the summer, with the only complication left to work out being where his next destination will be.
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Monday, Feb. 10
Reports are suggesting that Manuel Pellegrini has won the race to bring Porto anchor Fernando to the Etihad Stadium this summer.
United's local rivals are expected seal the deal, with Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star suggesting the Brazilian will arrive as a free transfer, too.
An excerpt from the report reads:
And while Fernando, 26, has a complicated contract and ownership agreement, City have been told he will be a free agent in the summer.
Porto have been trying to persuade the defensive midﬁelder to sign a new £50k-a-week deal with them but he has refused to do so.
It could be a blow for United. The midfielder is of the tough-tackling mould that the Premier League champions desire.