Fernandinho is set to leave Manchester City at the end of the season, with his contract expiring at the end of June and on-loan Yangel Herrera has responded when asked if he can replace the Brazilian at The Etihad.
Fernandinho, who turns 36 in May, has enjoyed eight excellent seasons at City – clocking up 342 appearances in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side, winning three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and five League Cups.
But he is due to end his stay in Manchester this summer and City will need a replacement for a player that has been enormously fundamental to the way they play. Herrera, 23, remains out on loan at Spanish side Granada.
The Venezuela international has spent the last two seasons on loan with Granada, who have emerged as a surprise candidate in the Europa League quarter-finals. Asked if he can replace Fernandinho, he responded.
“I have been in Spain for two years playing at a good level but I am ready to face any challenge if an opportunity like that occurs,” Herrera told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, during a long-winded interview.
TBR’s view – Does Herrera stay at City or go somewhere else?
West Ham and Southampton are reportedly interested in Herrera ahead of the summer window having caught the eye with his performances in Spain and in Europe. But with the chance to shine at City, Herrera might be tempted.
Certain;y, he has plenty of quality – enough to tempt some of the Premier League’s mid-table sides. Should City keep their cheque book in their pockets and give Herrera a chance? It is a risk, but it could save them some money.