Man United & Sporting CP ‘preparing to close’ Bruno Fernandes deal – Di Marzio

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.

Sporting standout

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.

PORTO, PORTUGAL – JUNE 09: Bruno Fernandes of Portugal looks on during the UEFA Nations League Final between Portugal and the Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on June 09, 2019 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

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.

United bound

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:

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.

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