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*Pompey Sign Fernandes*

*Pompey Sign Fernandes*

Pompey today finally completed the signing of Portuguese International Manuel Fernandes.

The 20-year-old signs initially on loan from Benfica with a view to a permanent £7 million move.

There is however an escape clause in the contract should he fail to recover from the groin injury.

The transfer saga started way back in July, but concerns over the players fitness caused Pompey to put a £10 million deal on hold. In an unusual move he stayed with the club to be treated by our nedical staff, rather than return to Benfica.

At least we have now wrapped up the signing (albeit only initially on loan) so we can hopefully soon see just how good Fernandes is, although he could still be two months away from fitness. If he is half the player we think and expect we're in for a treat!

'Even though his conversion to central midfield was relatively recent, I do not think that, at 19, Makelele was a better player than Manuel Fernandes,' said Jose Mourinho.

'From my vantage point, this kid looks calm, wise, sensible and, according to Tiago, deserves all the luck, because he is a nice person.

'I follow him very carefully. He is very strong defensively, and suited to pressurising teams in their own half.

'Without being tall, he seems to be sufficiently agile to compete in the air. His passing is accurate, he takes good positions near the opposition's box and has a powerful shot," said Jose.

click here to watch the player The player can also play on the left of midfield!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday August 30 2006
Time: 5:29PM


ello rugster. its good to see that we finally got the man but if hes a success i hope we have enough clauses to say the big F off to other clubs (aka chelski) to stop them sniffing around. £7mil seems good value for money if hes as good as everyone says he is. remember this season boys and girls... its gonna be a big'un
pompey pessimist
30/08/2006 17:33:00
WOO HOO finally got our man, hopefully... Sorry I couldn't get a more detailed artile on, this is the best I can do with the time I have at the moment. I'm sure Paul will expand on this when he gets a minute. PLAY UP POMPEY and Fernandes...
30/08/2006 17:34:00
Well not bad that we've managed to knock Benfica down 3, maybe as much as 4 million on what they wanted a few weeks back. He's ours, IF he can prove fitness...
30/08/2006 17:35:00
YES this is more good news, the rumour central (pompey shop ) says he will be ready in about a month, then it will be WOOO HOOO GREAT news. Just been reviewing that you tube vid again, this guy is the dogs, champions league experience, strong runner, nimble feet, great shot, lets just keep him protected from the savages and thug thatchers of this world. if he gets fit 7 mill is a steal i just hope we have some good clauses, might have to tempt my optimism a place or two above 10th. im off back to youtube again
30/08/2006 17:41:00
Thankfully some positive news, despite the ifs & buts.
30/08/2006 18:04:00
does any1 know wot shirt no he'll have
retro hat
30/08/2006 18:14:00
sky and 5 live both saying Andrew Cole is currently having medical at portsmouth
30/08/2006 18:24:00
i hope cole can suprise as many people as king kanu
retro hat
30/08/2006 18:33:00
agreed im quite enjoying my humble pie
30/08/2006 18:34:00
although i guess it means Nugent wont be coming
30/08/2006 18:39:00
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