Last Updated: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:11
Manchester City have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernando from FC Porto for a fee believed to be around £12million.
The 26-year-old was targeted by the Premier League champions in January with a deal expected to be completed on deadline day only for no such move to be agreed in time.
Fernando has been an ever-present in the Porto side for the last six seasons and has made close to 150 appearances, helping the club to three consecutive Primeira Liga trophies from 2010/11 to 2012/13.
The midfielder also tasted success on the European stage in 2011 when winning the Europa League and this valuable experience could prove vital to City who are yet to really challenge away from the domestic scene.
Fernando is delighted to have joined the club and is looking forward to the challenge of competing in the Premier League.
"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," he said.
"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."
Fernando will join up with fellow new arrival Bacary Sagna who has moved to the Etihad Stadium after turning down a new contract offer from Arsenal.
The Blue side of Manchester certainly look to be adding to the already quality squad that they possess and punters may decide to use their free bet on Manuel Pellegrini's side securing back-to-back league titles.
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