United’s pursuit of Fernando made simpler as midfielder now free to move around Europe

by Sam Peoples

FC Porto midfielder Fernando has made his potential move to Manchester United a much more straight forward process after being granted Portuguese citizenship, he confirmed on his official Facebook page.

What the work permit means is that the 26-year-old is now free to move between European countries without the need for a work permit which takes away a potential hurdle between him and a move to Old Trafford.

In the past, United have nearly lost out on players such as Javier Hernandez due to work permit complications so this is great news.

Talks with Porto have reportedly re-opened with the intention of making Fernando the highest paid player at the club ahead of the summer where his contract will have expired, but there are plenty of people that feel he is precisely the midfielder David Moyes should be looking at. United would also not struggle to beat the wages offered by Porto.

Fernando was in action last night as Porto overcame Rio Ave 3-1 where he played in a defensive midfield role. He is an all-round midfielder with the ability to put in strong tackles and interceptions all while possessing a sharp eye for an incisive pass and a smart short passing game to match. In every respect, he is a midfielder who would strengthen the squad.

As for value in the market, you won’t get any better than free and if Moyes wanted to make sure he landed him, a small fee could lead to a January move instead to bring Fernando to Old Trafford next month.

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