Manchester City have reached an informal agreement to sign Porto midfielder Fernando in June, reports in the Independent suggest.
Manuel Pellegrini had been tipped to land the 26 year-old in January along with central defender Eliaquim Mangala, but the deal fell through.
Monday night's Premier League defeat against Chelsea highlighted the need for City to reinforce in the midfield area.
A late injury to Fernandinho forced Pellegrini to name central defender Martín Demichelis in midfield, and the former Argentine international left them badly exposed to Chelsea's counter attacks.
Porto's Brazilian-born midfielder, Fernando, has recently been granted Portuguese citizenship and is likely to play for Portugal at the World Cup.
Man City finally appear to have reached an agreement to land the dynamic midfielder before this summer's showcase tournament, which could see his value increase significantly.
Porto chairman Pinto Da Costa is said to be so furious at Fernando's reluctance to sign a new contract that he has instructed manager Paulo Fonseca to stop playing him.