Manchester City Transfer News: Latest on Fernandinho Contract, Exit Rumours

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2017

WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Fernandinho of Manchester City arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road on September 16, 2017 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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Several "elite" European clubs are reportedly keeping a close eye on Fernandinho's contract situation, as the Brazilian still hasn't signed a new deal with Manchester City.

According to Daniel Cutts of The Sun, the 32-year-old's current deal will expire at the end of the season, and Fernandinho had expected to have signed a new contract by now.

Talks have been held, but no agreement has been reached, and clubs from Spain, Italy, Germany and France are all said to be interested. No specific teams are mentioned.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09:  Manchester City player Fernandinho during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Per Cutts, Fernandinho's wish is to stay at the Etihad Stadium, and he's looking for a one-year rolling contract.

Fernandinho has started the 2017-18 season in excellent form, prompting Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe to rank him among the top 15 central midfielders and defensive midfielders in the Premier League after four matches.

Despite his strong form, opinions on the Brazilian are divided. Sports writer Jordan-Luke McDonald recently asked the fans whether he should be offered a new contract at all, and only half of those who responded said yes:

The former Shakhtar Donetsk man has proved a good fit for manager Pep Guardiola's intricate system, thanks to his combination of passing ability and raw strength. He's one of the team's best enforcers in midfield but can also add to the buildup play―most midfielders usually stand out in just one of those two areas.

He's not a flashy player―since his debut season in Manchester, he's never scored more than three goals in a Premier League campaign―but his role in midfield is pivotal to letting others shine in attack.

Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho (R) jumps for the ball with Feyenoord's Dutch striker Steven Berghuis  during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Feyenoord Rotterdam and Manchester City at the Feyenoord Stadium in R
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If the player is keen on staying, there's no reason to believe a deal won't eventually be agreed on. City are likely to let Yaya Toure walk when his contract expires in summer―he'll turn 35 before the end of the campaign―and the Sky Blues won't want to lose two of their best physical midfielders in the same window.

Other clubs will have the opportunity to open negotiations in January, however, and could promise the Brazil international more opportunities or higher wages to tempt him to move.

The prospect of an easier road to silverware could also be a factor―as of right now, Fernandinho has won just a single Premier League title with City.