Everton have agreed a £15 million deal for Porto midfielder Fernando – this basically means that Marouane Fellaini is on his way to Manchester United.
Anxious United fans were wondering why there had been little news about Fellaini on Monday morning but the reason was Everton boss Roberto Martinez was waiting to complete a deal to bring Fernando to Goodison Park and guarantee he could get a work permit which has now been secured.
Brazilian Fernando – nicknamed Polvo (The Octopus) because of his leggy style – had a year left on his contract in Portugal and it is believed for that reason Everton have been able to sign him for under the player’s 30 million Euro buyout clause.
Fernando is 6ft tall and a holding midfield player regarded as one of the best imports into the Portuguese league over the last few years.
He has played for the Porto – who are among the top seeds in this season’s Champions League – since 2007 and has won four league titles, two Portuguese Cups and the Europa League in that time.