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The Porto midfielder was a target for Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester United during January, and his representative insists a switch to England is likely in the future

Porto midfielder Fernando is likely to join a Premier League club in the summer, according to the player's agent.

The 26-year-old, and team-mate Eliaquim Mangala, were both targets for Manchester City during January, but a move failed to materialise after struggling to agree a fee with the Portuguese outfit.

Fernando has since agreed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with Porto but the midfielder's agent, Antonio Arauja, says a move to England in the near future is of interest to his client.

"God willing, Fernando will play in the Premier League," Araujo told RTP.

"Manchester City were a strong candidate, but were not alone in the race."

Araujo also revealed that Fernando nearly joined Monaco last summer, only for the offer to be deemed insufficient by Porto.

"He had a good contract from Monaco, but Porto found out that proposal was inconsistent with his claims," he said.

Fernando was also a late target for Manchester United in January, as exclusively revealed by Goal, as David Moyes looked to continue bolstering his midfielder following the arrival of Juan Mata in a club-record deal.

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