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Manchester City identify Fernando transfer alternative

Blaise MatuidiThe Football Transfer Tavern has been fairly quiet of late following the closure of the latest transfer window at the end of last month.

However, there has been continued speculation in the bar about Manchester City moving for Porto’s Fernando after they failed to land him in January.

There has been conflicting reports about his future and the latest reports has suggested that the 26-year-old midfielder has signed a new deal with the Portuguese outfit until 2017.

talkSPORT indicate that this could see City instead looking at French midfield man Blaise Matuidi as Manuel Pellegrini still seeks to strengthen in the summer.

City were priced out of a deadline day move for Fernando and his team-mate Eliaquim Mangala, but were poised to sign the Brazilian midfielder in the summer as his contract was set to expire in June.

Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to bolster his midfield options – City suffered when the Chilean was forced to deploy Martin Demichelis in the middle of the park during their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea – and sources in France claim he will now pursue Matuidi.

The fellow 26-year-old, who has been capped 19 times, has his contract expiring at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and is not expected to renew terms.

And City will try to tempt him to the Etihad with a bumper four-year deal worth £5m a season in the hope of fending off interest from the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona.

Do you think that this could come to reality for City? Let us know your thoughts below.

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