Bruno Fernandes & Sporting CP
In the past few days the Portuguese press have been spitting out stories linking Bruno Fernandes with an exit from Sporting CP.
Bruno Fernandes is enjoying a fabulous season in Lisbon.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has scored 23 goals and chipped in with 13 assists in all competitions.
Sporting have the midfielder under contract until 2023.
Yet the local press have been linking Fernandes with a possible summer move to the Premier League.
Man United overtake Liverpool
A few days ago Liverpool were name-dropped by Record as leading the Bruno Fernandes race.
The way Record told the story, Sporting are trying hard to build their team around Fernandes.
Indeed, the paper claimed that Fernandes has a 100 million euro release clause as they attempt to retain their asset.
However Liverpool, along with Man United, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, were reportedly scouting the Sporting star.
On Wednesday, A Bola have signalled that Man United are in pole position to sign Fernandes.
Sport Witness have the lowdown on the Man United, Fernandes chase:
The outlet claims that the Red Devils are already ‘convinced’ by the player, but keep following his steps as a protocol of the club.
It’s said that Manchester United have already made the first contacts with Sporting’s board, and ‘developed some talks’ with the agency which represents the midfielder.
Is this story all about Sporting CP’s financial plight?
Sporting CP are in major financial trouble.
Back in November, Bloomberg reported that the Lisbon giants were €281 million in debt.
With such financial problems, selling Fernandes could help relieve the pressure.
Social media updates
Bruno Fernandes left this message on Instagram in regards to the rumours that Sporting paid €1.6M to get him back. pic.twitter.com/2hF2u0z3ln
— Sporting160EN (@Sporting160_EN) March 5, 2019
— Joel Da Silva (@DaJoeleao073) March 6, 2019
With this goal Bruno Fernandes sets history and becomes Sporting’s all time scoring midfielder with 23 goals in a season and he’s not done yet. pic.twitter.com/j20S9BcB8v
— Bruno (@SportingDeRoma) March 3, 2019