City face competition for summer target

Last Updated: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:39
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Manchester City summer target Fernando, who is set to leave Porto for free, is reportedly also attracting attention from Juventus.

City made an approach for the 26-year-old on transfer deadline day at the end of January but failed to agree a deal with Porto.

The midfielder becomes a free agent in the summer and City will make a move for him once again then but could face more competition for his services.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport claims Juve are very keen on the Brazil Under-20 international, who has made it clear he has no intention of signing a new contract with the Portuguese side and will look to move on in the summer.

Fernando could face a difficult last few months at Porto, however, after president Pinto da Costa ordered manager Paulo Fonseca to exclude him from the team following City's late bid to sign him last month.

He is desperate to play in the build up to the World Cup as he eyes a call-up to the full Brazil side.

The defensive midfielder would boost Manuel Pellegrini's options in the middle of the park and, with Gareth Barry expected to leave permanently in the summer and doubts over Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell's future at the Etihad, there should be room in City's congested squad for him should a deal be agreed.

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