Punters in the Football Transfer Tavern are taking advantage of happy hour at the bar and one of those joining in the post-work pints is John Drayton from Mail Online.
It’s certainly not the first time Drayton has popped into the bar but today he has some fresh transfer speculation that causes concerns among the Manchester City fans gathered around the fruit machine.
He claims that Juventus are planning to hijack City’s move for FC Porto midfielder Fernando
Fernando was reportedly close to making the move to the Etihad Stadium in Janaury, but the transfer collapsed after the Portuguese club failed to sign a suitable replacement.
However it appears that Juve are ready to make a real challenge for the Brazilian-born midfield ace, whose contract expires in the summer.
Drayton even suggests that Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has started talks with Fernando as they try to steal him away from the Citizens.
City’s defeat to Chelsea on Monday highlighted the need for Manuel Pellegrini to strengthen his midfield, and it was hoped that the midfield ace, who could star for Portugal at the upcoming World Cup after becoming elgible last season, could be the answer to his problems.
Now the Turin club look to try and persuade him to move to Italy instead.
Can City finally land the Porto midfielder? Let us know your thoughts below.
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