As per a report from the reliable Gianluca Di Marzio, Manchester United are finally on the verge of securing the signature of Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes.
24-year-old Fernandes has emerged as one of Portuguese football’s star performers over the last couple of seasons.
The former Udinese and Sampdoria man possesses all of the key traits of a modern attacking midfielder, combining a keen eye for goal, set-piece prowess, creative flair and penchant for the spectacular.
And Fernandes’ talents allowed the 13-time capped international to directly contribute to a staggering number of goals this past season.
Across all competitions, the Sporting star racked up 29 goals and 17 assists.
Premier League links
As a result, it has since come as little surprise to see a whole host of top European clubs named as keen suitors of Fernandes.
The likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United have all been linked with the midfielder of late, with the Red Devils thought to be particularly keen.
Bit of Bruno Fernandes detail. His agent, Miguel Pinho, met with #THFC y’day. Fernandes & Lo Celso Spurs’ midfield targets. #MUFC, who met Pinho 2 months ago, asked him in past fortnight for some more time as they focus first on signing a RB (Wan-Bissaka) https://t.co/s2XCpyzQYX
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) June 20, 2019
Fernandes then dropped the biggest hint yet that his departure from Sporting is now imminent, when the 24-year-old was spotted in tears following the full-time whistle of the Lions’ preseason clash with Valencia on Sunday night:
Another Video of Bruno Fernandes crying pic.twitter.com/S7Sf0UVQ0E
— Ben Bath (@Benjamin_bath) July 28, 2019
And, as per the aforementioned update from Gianluca Di Marzio this evening, the club set to benefit from Fernandes’ Jose Alvalade exit are Manchester United.
A deal between the Red Devils and Sporting is labelled as ‘close’, with United ‘preparing to close’ the operation.
There is no mention of the fee involved, though Serie A outfit Sampdoria are also set to benefit from Fernandes’ Old Trafford switch, having secured a sell-on clause in the deal that sent the midfielder to Sporting two years ago.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) July 30, 2019