Manchester City are set to face a battle with Juventus to complete the signing of Porto midfielder Fernando, according to the Daily Mirror.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini attempted to sign the midfielder in January, but failed to complete a deal in the final days of the transfer window.

The title-chasing Blues remain confident of landing the 26-year-old on a Bosman free transfer in the summer, and are set to offer the Brazilian £140,000 a week to make the switch to the Etihad,

However, Italian giants Juventus are ready to try and hijack City’s move for the midfielder nicknamed ‘the Octopus’ because of his leggy style of play.

Juventus chief executive Guiseppe Marotta has reportedly already held talks with the midfielders representatives in the hope of agreeing a deal.

The player has so far refused to sign a new deal with Porto, and faces an uncertain end to the season, with president Pinto da Costa keen to freeze the midfielder out of the first team.

However boss Paulo Fonseca is reluctant to leave out one of his most influential players, with the Portuguese title race entering a crucial stage.

Porto currently occupy third place in the table, four points behind league leaders Benfica and two behind second place Sporting Lisbon.

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