Manchester City fans are currently counting how many homegrown players they are going to lose from their squad this summer.
Gareth Barry, James Milner, Scott Sinclair, Jack Rodwell, Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards are all set to leave the Etihad Stadium and it puts them in a difficult position with new rulings coming.
But they do have something to look forward to as The Mirror report that Manchester City are close to completing their first signing of the summer.
Porto midfielder Fernando is the man and a deal worth £15 million is close to being completed by the Manchester club.
The 26-year-old was tipped for a move to the Etihad Stadium back in January but it collapsed.
Now Manuel Pellegrini has decided to revisit the deal despite Fernando having a contract in Portugal that ties him to the club until 2017.
The Brazilian-born defensive midfielder is free to travel to Manchester for a medical and talks whenever as he is not engaged in the World Cup.
This is because FIFA refused him national clearance to play for Portugal, rather than Brazil.
But if Manchester City get their way, the deal for Fernando could soon become a double raid as they also look into the availability of his team-mate Eliaquim Mangala.
The 23-year-old is City’s main defensive target this season but Mangala is unwlilling to discuss possible transfer window moves until the World Cup is over.
Roma’s Mehdi Benatia is also on a list of possible targets for the Citizens with Bacary Sagna also set to swap North London for Manchester.
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