Pep Guardiola needs to strengthen in midfield, and the sale of Fernando is a necessity for him to continue his overhaul at the Etihad Stadium. However, should he sell the Portuguese midfielder, he must find an adequate replacement for him.
Things haven’t exactly gone to plan for Fernando at Manchester City. Initially signed to be a replacement for the beloved Nigel De Jong, Fernando has never really been able to nail down a starting spot for at the Etihad Stadium following a move from Portuguese outfit, Porto.
Since the move in 2014, Fernando has found himself used as the backup option to both Yaya Toure and Fernandinho. ‘The Octopus’ has shown flashes of quality in his time at City – most notably towards the end of Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure in 2016.
It looks likely City and Fernando will part ways this summer as Pep Guardiola’s revolution continues to hold no prisoners. With Aleix Garcia likely to go on loan to Spanish outfit FC Girona, Fernando’s departure will leave a hole Guardiola’s squad.
Guardiola’s revolution guarantees high-quality signings and upgrades on already present players within the squad. Here are five names Pep should consider replacing Fernando within the coming weeks.