There’s a report in the Sun that Rafa Benitez could move in and get a good deal from Manchester City by signing their 29 year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando, who is possibly available this summer for a low £5M.
It’s not the first time we have been linked with the player this summer and we know Rafa will bring in a holding midfielder this summer – the question is which player will it be?
Newcastle have recently been linked with two holding midfielders, one is out-of-favor 28 year-old Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons and we have also been strongly linked 25 year-old Torino midfielder Afriyie Acquah, who is rated at £8M.
29 year-old Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando
The report in the Sun is that Newcastle are favourites to sign Fernando, with Southampton and Bournemouth the other two Premier League clubs interested in the player.
What make Fernando attractive is first of all he’s a good player, but he also has good experience in the Premier League and has played 63 times in the league since moving to England from Porto in the summer of 2014 for £12M.
Fernando does not seem to have a future at City after the arrival of Pep Guardiola, but he still played 27 times in all competitions for City last season, including 15 appearances in the Premier League.
The good news is that the Brazilian is reported to be keen on a move to Newcastle, after holding talks with the club and with manager Benitez.
Manchester City want £8M for him, but with the player having just one year left on his contract Rafa Benitez is reported to be confident he can get the Brazilian in for around £5M and that would be a good deal for a player who turns 30 next month.
When we checked on the length of his contract, some outlets are saying his contract still had two years to run.
The Brazilian is also anxious to stay in England and at Newcastle he would have a great challenge to prove himself and be part of Rafa’s revolution and help Newcastle become a powerhouse in European football.
That’s what Rafa Benitez wants to do and the reason he stayed on Tyneside, even though we were relegated last year.
For £5M we’d be very very happy if Fernando signs on at Newcastle – we always thought he was a class player at City.
What do you think?