Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes to Man City reports definitively shut down

Claims that Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes was set to complete a big-money move to Premier League champions Manchester have this afternoon been put to bed.

Sporting standout

Fernandes, a gifted attack-minded midfielder, made the return to his home country of Portugal with Sporting in the summer of 2017, after a 5-year stint in Italy.

And to say that the 24-year-old has since gone on to establish himself as a key contributor at the José Alvalade Stadium would be putting it lightly.

Fernandes’ combination of eye for goal, set-piece prowess, creative flair and penchant for the spectacular have seen him emerge as one of Portuguese football’s leading talents over the last two seasons.

After directly contributing to over 30 goals across all competitions during his debut Sporting campaign, Fernandes has since taken his game to another level altogether this season, having notched an eye-catching 31 goals and 17 assists in the league alone.

Imminent Man City switch

As such, the 11-time capped international’s standout showings in the Portuguese capital have inevitably begun to catch the eye of some of European football’s biggest clubs.

Of the sides named as serious suitors of Fernandes, Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City have been the most persistently-touted as potential destinations.

Bruno Fernandes

LISBON, PORTUGAL – APRIL 27: Bruno Fernandes of Sporting CP reaction after missing a goal opportunity during the Liga NOS match between Sporting CP and Vitoria SC at Estadio Jose Alvalade on April 27, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

The race for Fernandes’ signature, though, appeared set to come to a close this week, when it was widely-reported on Monday evening that Pep Guardiola’s City had agreed a 55 million Euro deal with Sporting:

‘Never spoken to Sporting’

In a shock twist this afternoon, though, such claims, which were backed by the likes of the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio and Sam Lee, have been definitively refuted.

In fact, it is now being reported that negotiations between City and Sporting over Fernandes never even took place:

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