The Blues want to strengthen their midfield this summer and are in talks with Sporting and Fernandes, and still want to sign Atletico Madrid’s Rodri
Fernandes, 24, has scored 31 goals and made 17 assists in the Primeira Liga this season and is said to be heading to join City, having been made aware of the personal terms on offer at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester United are also heading on the player but City are in the driving seat after recent talks between club officials and super agent Jorge Mendes, who is not Fernandes’ representative but has been called in to broker a move.
Sporting initially asked for €70 million (£60m/$78m) for Fernandes, but City are hopeful an offer of €50m (£43m/$56m), plus two players, either on loan or permanent deals, will be sufficient.
City are also still exploring the possibility of a move for Benfica forward João Felix, as reported by Goal in April.
Mendes is involved in both potential transfers and has met with City officials, including sporting director Txiki Begiristain, on several occasions.
Sporting’s sporting director Hugo Viana has been present at at least one of the meetings regarding a move for Fernandes. City are keen to strengthen their midfield and the Portuguese club open to a sale.
Portuguese reports have claimed that Marlos Moreno, who has been loaned out by City since joining in 2016, Eliaquim Mangala, a Mendes client who joined from Porto in 2014, and Douglas Luiz and Aleix Garcia, who have been on loan at Girona, could be part of any deal.
City midfielder Bernardo Silva was with Fernandes at a tennis tournament in Portugal last week and hailed his fine season with Sporting during an interview with the press.
Bruno is a great player,” Bernardo said.
“He has had a fantastic season with many goals, many assists that are not normal for a player of his position, he has the best numbers and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.
He is a player who can play in other championships.”