Guillem Balague confirms Chelsea FC, Man United tracking 28-year-old Russian star

Guillem Balague claims Chelsea FC and Man United are interested in a deal to sign CSKA Moscow midfielder Mario Fernandes

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Chelsea FC, Manchester City and Manchester United are all interested in CSKA Moscow midfielder Mario Fernandes, according to transfer expert Guillem Balague.

The Brazilian-born Russia international has been impressing for CSKA Moscow over the past couple of seasons to earn interest from the Premier League.

The 28-year-old scored one goal and made six assists in 27 appearances in the Russian top flight in the 2018-19 season.

Born in Sao Caetano do Sul, Fernandes has already played 16 times for the Russia national team.

Spanish football expert Balague confirmed that Fernandes is attracting interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs.

Balague wrote on Twitter: “Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow) followed closely by Manchester United, City, Bayern, Chelsea (despite ban) and even Barcelona. Cost, €25m. Brazilian born, Russian international, quality, pace, tall, can run for two days, ready to make the jump to the top. A summer bargain.”

Manchester United are looking to strengthen in the midfield area this summer following Ander Herrera’s exit on a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Red Devils are contending with interest from Real Madrid for their star midfielder Paul Pogba.

Chelsea FC, meanwhile, are set to be handed a transfer ban but are currently appealing the process so the Blues can still sign players.

Manchester City won the Premier League title by a point this season after Liverpool FC pushed Pep Guardiola’s men all the way in the race for the top-flight crown.

The Citizens are in the market to sign a long-term successor for Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho.

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