Three reasons Newcastle must beat Southampton in the race to sign Fernando

According to reports in The Sun, Newcastle United are confident that they could sign Manchester City midfielder Fernando for just £5m this summer, although they could face competition from Premier League rivals Southampton and Bournemouth for the Brazilian, who is rated at £8m by City.

The Sun states that the 29-year-old has fallen down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola and will leave the Etihad this summer, three years after he joined the club for £12m.

The Brazilian has made 101 appearances in all competitions for City since 2014, but he made just five starts in the Premier League last term and has just a year remaining on his contract.

Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is keen to significantly strengthen his squad this summer following their promotion from the Championship, as he looks for his side to avoid being involved in a top flight relegation battle as they were two seasons ago.

Here are three reasons Newcastle must win the race to sign Fernando…