Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes, who is valued at £70 million by Sporting Lisbon, has admitted that he wants a Premier League move.
As quoted by The Sun, Bruno Fernandes has iterated that he would like to play in the Premier League. The Portuguese midfielder, who has been slapped with a £70 million price tag by Sporting Lisbon, has been courting interest from Manchester United in this summer’s transfer window.
Bruno Fernandes has become one of the hottest properties in Europe on the back of a scintillating campaign that saw him take to his responsibility as the Sporting Lisbon captain with aplomb. In 53 appearances across all competitions, the Portuguese international had a return of 32 goals and 18 assists.
Manchester United have been hotly pursuing a move for the 24-year-old pretty much all summer long, as they look to revamp a midfield unit that has been ravaged by inconsistency and a major departure.
Ander Herrera’s summer exit has left Manchester United desperately searching for a replacement. With Andreas Pereira not managing to make a sustained impact and Fred experiencing maiden season blues in England, seeking a replacement from within the club might not be possible.
Thus, a move for Bruno Fernandes makes sense. And, while the Portuguese midfielder could be a fine solution to Manchester United’s midfield woes in a 4-3-3, he could fit in even better if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to deploy the 4-2-3-1 formation that he has been using in the pre-season.
To that end, there have been suggestions that the Premier League heavyweights have been working on a £50 million bid for the player. And, Fernandes has now handed Manchester United a huge boost in their bid to sign him, having admitted that he yearns to play in the Premier League.
“The president decides that, not me. I don’t care about the market, I’ve talked about this many times. The only thing I can do now is that I need to catch the plane so I don’t miss it. Will this be the last match for Sporting? I don’t know, it’s the coach who decides. I told you I’d like to play in England, but that’s not what interests me. It may be when the club decides.”
Fernandes, despite accepting that he would like to play in the Premier League, has been coy on the basis of these comments. And, with Sporting Lisbon president Frederico Varandas insisting that the offer for the Portuguese international must be closer to the region of £70 million, the ball is in Manchester United’s court now to make a significant enough bid.
It now remains to be seen if Manchester United act upon the recent comments made surrounding the possible transfer of Bruno Fernandes, as the day of the closure of the summer transfer window in England nears.