Report: Manchester United to rival Internazionale bid for Porto midfielder Fernando
Manchester United are readying a January move for Porto midfielder Fernando, according to the Mirror.
Italian side Internazionale are also keen, with the 26 year-old out of contract next summer.
Fernando has been with Porto since 2007, when they signed him from Vila Nova. After a year on loan at Estrela da Amadora, he quickly grew into an instrumental part of then coach Jesualdo Ferreira’s midfield.
He maintained that role under subsequent managers André Villas-Boas and Vitor Pereira, while he has been ever-present for the latest incumbent, Paulo Fonseca, this term.
After six years in Portugal, Fernando is believed to want a new challenge. Porto president Pinto da Costa remains hopeful of agreeing a renewal, but an exit - either for a nominal fee in January or at the end of the season - seems more likely.
Captain Lucho González insists Fernando is an under-rated player and should have been capped by Brazil by now.
"No one ever talks about Fernando, but he’s a player who’s shown he can play at international level,” he was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
"I don’t understand why he’s not a first-choice in the Brazil side.”
Manchester United, like Inter, would hope to secure him in January.
Manager David Moyes added Marouane Fellaini over the summer, but would seemingly like another midfield option to strengthen what many have considered to be a problem position for the Premier League holders.