Today, I will be reviewing the summer signing of Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando - who has just been announced as Manchester City's second summer signing, after the imminent arrival of Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna, currently on international duty with France at the World Cup.
|New signing: Fernando has joined City, for a fee of £12million pounds|
Fernando, a 26-year-old midfielder from Portuguese club FC Porto has joined City on an undisclosed contract length, with an agreed transfer fee of £12million pounds.
He was previously linked with a move to Manchester in January, but the deal failed to go through as Porto were reluctant to sell one of their best players mid-way through the season.
This is what Fernando said about the deal:
"I will give my all every time I play and I'm looking forward to many happy years in Manchester, it's a very exciting time to be part of this football club and I cannot wait to play in the Premier League.
I have enjoyed my stay with Porto and I thank the club and the fans for their support during my time in Portugal, but now I am ready for a new chapter in my life; looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and helping City to defend the title."
FACT: Fernando will wear the number 6 shirt for City, previously worn by defender Joleon Lescott who will join West Brom after his contract officially expires today.
- He is a tough tackler, and is not afraid to get involved with the dirty work in midfield
- He is not the fastest, but is not exactly slow - he can track back for his team-mates to win ball possession
- His consistent performances in the league last season prompted many teams to take note on how he was a constant threat during matches
- Good ball control but is often fouled by opposition, which could be frustrating on the counter attack
- Not afraid to "take one for the team" - but as a result gets yellow cards regularly, and occasionally a red aswell
- Passing is a strong quality of his, he normally gets over 88% of his passes completed in a match
- Has a commanding figure in the air, regularly winning aerial duels with opponents
- Criticism that he needs to prove himself in a bigger league than the Liga Portuguesa to justify his qualities
|Tough tackler: Fernando is a bulky, strong central midfielder who can play at CM and CDM|
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