Manchester United have just received a huge boost in their chase for Sporting Lisbon midfielder, Bruno Fernandes.
The manager of the Portuguese outfit, Marcel Keizer admitted that Fernandes could leave this very summer. Several sides had expressed interest in the player but United remained in the lead for his potential signature.
Fernandes set the European stage on fire last season by scoring 31 goals and laying out 13 assists in all competitions. Top teams were fighting it out for their signature but when his asking price got revealed almost all of them scattered.
Sporting president, Frederico Varandas warned potential suitors that the midfielder would cost around €62m which is a doable figure for United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not been the most active this transfer window due to the absence of Champions League football.
However, the Red Devils are still in a very strong position to land both Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Fernandes before August 7, when the transfer window closes.
“Bruno is a good player, an important player. Everyone would like that he stays but we do not know what the future will bring so we have to wait,” said Sporting head coach, Keizer. “I am just the coach. You ask the wrong guy. We know he plays very well and clubs like him and we have to see what happens. This is the job for the coach. You realise some players can go. Every player can go. Wait and see.”
When asked about in-demand team-mate, Fernandes, Sporting goalkeeper, Renan Ribeiro told Sport TV, “While Bruno is here, we can say nothing. The future belongs to God, let him decide in the best way… Who doesn’t want to have Bruno in their team?”