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Report: Fernandes is ready for Man City bow

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Cristiano Giaretta, the former agent of Bruno Fernandes, believes the Sporting Lisbon midfielder is “ready” for his €50m move to Manchester City.

Reports are rife the 24-year-old is closing in on a deal within the region of €50m to Man City and a direct replacement of Fernandinho who recently clocked 34.

However, former Lecco defender Giaretta scouted the Portuguese player when he was working as sporting director at Novara, and brought him to Italy from Boavista in 2012.

“I went to see him when he was at Boavista,” the current CSKA Sofia sporting director told Tuttomercatoweb.com.

“They were playing in the third division because they had gone bankrupt and, in their academy, there was this skinny little kid who stood out from the rest due to his technical ability.

“He was like a twig, looked like he would snap in two and it seemed impossible that he would be able to play football at the top level.

“There was no risk for us to sign him, we paid €20,000 for him and the first day he arrived at Novarello he looked just like a little kid with oversized clothes.

“He turned up with his agent and his parents, and he seemed lost, but he settled in and after just two months he could speak Italian.

“He used to put up post-it notes on everything in his room and that helped him learn the language. He stayed with the Primavera youth team for a year and a half before he was promoted to the first team between the ages of 17-18.”