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City pushing forward with Fernandes talks - Report

25th April 2019, 11:25 by Alex Jack

Sporting Lisbon director Hugo Viana has reportedly flown in to negotiate a potential £75m sale of Bruno Fernandes to Manchester City.

Etihad bosses are understood to view the attacking midfielder as a possible replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, who is dragging his heels over signing a new contract.

The 24-year-old Fernandes has scored 19 goals this season at Sporting and, like most Portuguese-based players, comes with a hefty buyout clause - rumoured to be set at £87.5m.

However, cash-strapped Sporting are believed to be open to a compromise figure and Viana has in recent days met with City's director of football Txiki Begiristain.

City chief Pep Guardiola is seemingly on a mission to recruit Portugal's newest crown jewels, with his club also busy attempting to lay the groundwork on signing Benfica's £100m rated attacking starlet Joao Felix.

And with City midfielder Bernardo Silva already lighting up the Premier League, the Manchester giants know they can steal a march on some of their rivals.

They also have England hopeful Phil Foden knocking on the first-team door, having scored the winning goal on his full Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Guardiola, however, is concerned his midfield still needs vital fresh blood, with veterans David Silva and Fernandinho in the final stages of their careers, alongside concerns winger Leroy Sane may even be contemplating seeking a move away due to a lack of regular starts this season.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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