Thursday, 26 June 2014

Official: Manchester City sign Fernando

The Premier League champions tabled a failed joint bid for the 26-year-old and Eliaquim Mangala in January, but the former now becomes their second summer signing for £12 million
Manchester City have signed Porto midfielder Fernando for a fee of €15 million (£12m), the Premier League champions have confirmed.

As reported by Goal in May, the 26-year-old and right-back Bacary Sagna were top of Manuel Pellegrini's transfer wishlist for the summer.

Sagna's move on a free transfer was confirmed earlier this month, with Fernando becoming the champions' second close-season recruit.

City tabled a joint bid for Fernando and team-mate Eliaquim Mangala in January, though the deal could not be completed before the transfer deadline - with the former then signing a new contract with Porto.

Confirmation of the deal was initially held up due to complications, with Fernando's agent, Antonio Araujo, confident the move would happen last month.

He told Maisfutebol: "Fernando is in the city of Porto waiting for Porto tell him their decision about the documents they have received so that he can travel immediately [to Manchester]."

Fernando, who was denied the opportunity to represent Portugal, has been targeted by City for his midfield anchorman qualities and will compete with the likes of Fernandinho and Yaya Toure for a starting berth.

And he has expressed his delight at finally completing his move to Etihad Stadium, saying: “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.

“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.

“City fans can be assured I will give my all every time I play and I’m looking forward to many happy years in Manchester.

“I have enjoyed my stay with Porto and I thank the club and the fans for their support during my time in Portugal. Now I am ready for a new chapter in my career.”

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