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Manchester United believe they have a “clear run” at signing Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes this summer, as reported by The Evening Standard.
The paper say that the Red Devils are aware that Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham have all pulled out of the running to sign the Portuguese international and are now confident of bringing him to Old Trafford ahead of the new season.
The report states that numerous talks taken place regarding the potential move, with the player’s agent in the UK over the last few days trying to secure a switch to the English Premier League.
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It’s the kind of attacking contribution that would go down a treat at Man United, although it must be considered that the step up to the top end of the Premier League from the Portuguese top-flight is substantial.
However, a Portuguese football expert believes he has all the attributes to be a success at the elite level.
As quoted by the Manchester Evening News, Tom Kundert said of the player’s ability:
“He’s an incredible goal scoring threat in his own right, but what makes him such a complete player is that he’s not just a goalscorer, he’s a fantastic passer of the ball.
“He’s very direct, he’s got a lot of assists as well this season, and he’s also a really hard worker, which is quite unusual for such a talented, creative player. He never stops, he’s all action all game long.
“He’s the complete package at 24. He’s a bit different to some of the other Portuguese talents that get sold for huge prices, such as Renato Sanches and Andre Gomes, Bruno is much closer to the finished article.
“He’s going to be a big star wherever he ends up, he’s said his preference is to go to England, he’d make a big splash in the Premier League.”
That ringing endorsement certainly suggests he could be a hit at Old Trafford and makes him a viable option to become a firm part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team.
With Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka already in the door, stepping up their transfer window business with a move for Fernandes would demonstrate to United fans that things are moving in the right direction.