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Done.

Don't worry about a source yet, it could still be another week, but it's done. Just got the confirmation.

No idea on the transfer fee yet, but he will be signing a 4 year contract(terms were agreed in January).

Congrats, great DM signing.
 

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Official now, lads. 15m euro.
 

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Can't wait to see him in a blue shirt. I haven't seen much of him, but from what I've seen, he's just what we need. Gives us to extra flexibility to play 3 in the middle and give Toure a bit more freedom to go forward. And it looks like a good price too.
 

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12m quid seems unusually cheap for Porto standards.......usually it`s an astronomical amount. Well done City.
Fernando's contract was set to expire on June 30th. In January, Fernando signed a pre-agreement contract with Manchester City. Porto convinced him to renew his contract and would still sell him to City. Porto are only getting 8m Euro of the transfer fee. Fernando and his agent receive 7m Euro of the fee. This is higher than he would have gotten even as a Bosman signing bonus. Worked well for both parties and 15m Euro is nothing for City.

So, not cheap... actually excellent business to not lose him for free.
 

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Fernando, commonly known as O Polvo(The Octopus) to Portistas, has been one of the most underrated defensive midfielders in Europe over the past half-decade. Likely due to falling out with the Brazilian federation after his U-20 World Cup incident, combined with being a non-offensive player, he stayed low key and rarely got the recognition he deserved. A winner of 12 titles with Porto over 6 seasons, Fernando will be a player that Porto fans will always remember, even if the Marketing department never do.

In the summer of 2007, Porto made a bunch of signings that ended up flopping in the midfield like Mario Bolatti(3.5m Euro), Pawel Kazmierczak(1.6m Euro) and some other dudes I thankfully can't recall. Fernando was also signed from the second division Brazilian club of Vila Nova for 200,000 Euro. Nobody thought much of it and almost no Porto fans had ever seen him play. Without ever having a training session for Porto, he was loaned to Estrela Amadora of the first division for the 07/08 season.

Always originally a defensive midfielder, he got his first action with Estrela at right-back after the club started off poorly and made many changes to the first eleven. I caught a couple of games and found him to be a defensively solid player, seemed like not much. A couple of months later, they moved him to his natural DM position and he started to take over. He really stood out in the team's Portuguese Cup run to the quarter-final.

The next summer, 2008, Porto lost their starting defensive midfielder, Paulo Assuncao, on a Bosman transfer to Atletico Madrid. Fernando made the team and immediately asserted himself as a starter in the midfield trio with Lucho Gonzalez and Raul Meireles. He had a solid season, but it was the following year, the 2009/10 season, when he would establish himself as a pivotal player in the foundation of the team. Porto had a poor season and finished 3rd that year but Jesualdo Ferreira, the manager at the time in his 5th season after winning 4 straight leagues, developed Fernando into an absolute animal of a destroyer. He gained the nickname 'O Polvo' as it seemed he extended to all parts of the field, where his tentacles gobbled up any chance of an opposition attacking threat.

The year after that was the Porto dream season under Andre Vilas-Boas where Porto won every competition they competed in(league + Europa League + domestic Cup + domestic supercup), losing just one competitive game all season long(an Europa League game to Sevilla where Porto won the two-legged tie overall). Fernando was absolutely masterful. With Joao Moutinho being relied on to distribute in front of him, he could focus on what he does best; protecting and shielding the back four, breaking up opposition attacks with those long legs and perfectly-timed tackles, then being allowed to make the short passing distribution to more technically gifted midfielders.

The club always dicked him around when it came to wages and he was never paid like he should have been. He wanted the same salary as Raul Meireles and Bruno Alves in 2010, but had to settle for less. This time around, he wasn't going to give in and wanted his big pay day. His agent handled the situation marvelously, to be honest. As I said before, Fernando agreed a contract with your club in January and presented it to Porto. Porto and his agent agreed to a contract extension where Fernando would own 45% of the sell-on fee to his next transfer, but not his actual transfer *rights* because that would be illegal by EPL terms of course. This was also a way for Fernando to show loyalty to Porto after 7 years of being tied to the club. Fernando and his agent get 7m of the transfer fee and he still gets his dream contract at City.

You're going to be getting a player that goes balls to the wall, breaks up play better than almost anybody, and is a leader. He commands out there, directs teammates, has no problem bossing people around. Physical, very strong. Despite not good overall pace, he is very quick in reading the play and his initial reaction/first few strides. He very, very rarely gets beat in a 1-on-1 situation and is always very tidy in and around his own box. Takes no chances, no pretty stuff. Underrated a bit in his dribbling, he is Brazilian after all, and can beat a man when he needs to, but not a guy to do step-overs or any of that crap. He will need to be able to give the ball to players who are close in proximity to him, not relying on any type of long passing range or advancing with the ball regularly. Pellegrini will know him well, with Villarreal having faced us twice and Malaga once over the past 6 years.

Although he received his Portuguese citizenship, the Portuguese FA's submission to FIFA was rejected. Fernando played for Brazil in the U-20 South American Cup or some silly tournament, plus the Brazilian FA has never been willing to release his certificate. There is no fear of any internal obligation for Fernando at any time in the course of his career, unfortunately for us Portuguese but good for City supporters.

I was at Estadio do Dragao live for us winning the title against Sporting two summers ago when Fernando was sent off late in the game and danced his way off. The scoreline had already been settled after a Hulk brace, and Fernando was celebrating his fourth Portuguese league title in Brazilian fashion. Legit second yellow given him to him in stoppage time, he shook the referee's hand and then began waving his arms back and forth, hopping and dancing his way off the field as we were singing 'Filhos do Dragao' in the stands. :D

Enjoy him, he's a beauty.

 
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