EXCLUSIVE – Rafa Benitez ‘confident’ of sealing £5m deal for Manchester City man

Rafa Benitez is confident of striking a deal to bring Manchester City midfielder Fernando to Newcastle this summer according to an exclusive story in the Sun this morning.

Fernando appears to be surplus to requirements at Manchester City after making just 5 starts in the league last season, and a cut-price deal could be struck for the Brazilian this summer – who is entering the final year of his contract at the Etihad.

Manchester City were said to be holding out for £8m for the 29-year-old anchorman this summer, but The Sun understands Benitez is hopeful of doing business for a fee of £5m.

It is no secret that Benitez wants to add a holding midfielder to his squad this summer, with recent reports crediting us with an interest in Lucas Leiva, James McCarthy and Maxime Gonalons.

Given the source of this story, the credibility of this rumour is questionable, however Fernando does appear to be the sort of experienced midfielder Benitez is looking sign this summer.

The Sun also claim Newcastle remain interested in City’s Eliaquim Mangala, despite recent reports that he’s set to join Lyon.

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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