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Serie A clubs target Manchester City midfielder Fernando

Manchester City midfielder Fernando is attracting interest from two prominent Serie A clubs, according to reports tonight.

Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio reports that AC Milan have two midfield names they are considering: City’s Fernando and Bologna youngster Amadou Diawara, the latter of whom was linked with a move to the Etihad several months ago.

There has been no contact between Milan and either club, but they are said to value Fernando’s experience and believe the 29-year-old would be a good addition as they undergo a rebuilding process.

Meanwhile, Calciomercato.it has exclusive information that Fiorentina are keen on the Brazilian midfielder. Like Milan, the Viola would like to add a midfielder to their ranks and are monitoring Fernando’s situation at Manchester City. They claim that Pep Guardiola would not object to a transfer and believe he could head to Florence on loan with an option to buy.

Whether Pep would allow Fernando to leave at this stage of the transfer window is unclear. Fernando made a late substitute appearance in Bucharest tonight and was unused against Sunderland at weekend, but has been named in the matchday squad twice ahead of Yaya Touré. If Touré is not in Pep’s plans, then the Catalan coach may wish to keep Fernando around as he is known for his fondness of stockpiling midfielders.

However, an enticing offer from Italy could tempt the Blues into selling Fernando, particularly if they feel there is a player out there who is both attainable and an upgrade on the former Porto man.

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