After almost a year of speculations, Manchester United have finally acted to secure the signing of the Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. The reports emerging this around are serious and credible enough to assume that it’s happening.
It seemed highly likely during the last season as well that Fernandes would swap Sporting for Manchester United, however, the deal never materialised. Things seem to have changed both the clubs alike since the summer though.
With the clubs with every big club in Europe including Real Madrid in the race for the player, Sporting thought they could make a fortune by selling Fernandes and thus refused to budge from their asking price of 79 million quids last summer. Eventually, all the clubs passed on the opportunity to sign the player as he was deemed too expensive and despite Sporting expecting him to leave, they were forced to offer the player a contract extension.
United, in the meantime, are now desperate for a quality midfielder and there are some serious reports emerging now which confirm Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United is a done deal.
United admire Leicester’s James Maddison and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish but both players are staying at their respective clubs for now – which has led them to their plan C: Fernandes.
Initially, Solskjaer had wanted to wait until the summer transfer window before strengthening his squad. He didn’t sign Fernandes in the summer because he was convinced that Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard would be sufficient enough.
But the struggles of the United duo have now prompted a rethink behind the scenes.
United have been forced into going for Fernandes. In an ideal world, they’d bide their time before trying to bring Maddison or Grealish – or both – to the club at the end of the season.
But they know they can’t afford to wait and Fernandes, it seems, will be their big-money signing of the winter transfer window.