Brazilian midfielder Fernando is set to turn down a new contract at Porto in order to join Manchester City after his contract expires in the summer according to a report in The Guardian. City had failed in a £12m attempt to sign the 26-year-old on deadline day of the recently closed January transfer window.
Fernando is now unlikely to agree a contract extension at the Portuguese giants as he tries to ensure the move to City takes place after World Cup. This decision has supposedly upset Porto president Pinto da Costa who has suggested Porto head coach Paulo Fonseca to stand him down from the side.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is keen add Fernando to his ranks as an option beyond Fernandinho and Yaya Touré, after having played defender Martin Demichelis in midfield in the 1-0 defeat by Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening.
City’s cross-town rivals, Manchester United, are also lining up midfield reinforcement in Newcastle United battler Cheick Tiote according to Daily Star. United boss David Moyes is desperate to rebuild his squad in the next transfer window following a woeful season, and they are supposed to have enquired about the availability of the Ivorian in January.
However, with Newcastle preparing for the inevitable departure of Yohan Cabaye, any move for Tiote was unlikely. Tiote’s representatives have been made aware of United’s interest through a third party and are expecting United to table a bid at the end of the season.
Tiote is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League and Moyes has identified him as the ideal replacement for Michael Carrick, after having tried to sign the 27-year-old during his Everton days.
Moyes is also monitoring Sporting Lisobon’s 21-year-old midfielder William Carvalho, and may be considering a summer bid after being impressed by what he has seen. He is regarded as one of the most promising young midfielders in Europe as both Barcelona and Real Madrid are also tracking Carvalho.