Fernando signs with Man City

Comment on this story
iol spt dec31 Pellegrini Reuters Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has secured the seervices of FC Porto midfielder Fernando Reges. Photo by: Phil Noble

Lisbon - Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando Francisco Reges will play for Manchester City next season after his club FC Porto said Wednesday they have agreed a 15-million-euro ($20.4m) deal with the Premier League champions.

The 26-year-old was the subject of a bid from City in January that was rejected, but Manuel Pellegrini's side reopened talks for the player who joined Porto in 2008.

Fernando is not at the World Cup finals having not been called up by his native Brazil.

Earlier this year he was ruled ineligible by world football's governing body FIFA to play for Portugal, for who is now a naturalised citizen, because he had already played for Brazil during under-20 World Cup qualifiers.

As he now has a Portuguese passport, City no longer require a work permit to sign the midfielder who won four league titles and the Europa League in 2011 with Porto.


sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines