Bruno Fernandes has informed Sporting CP of his desire to depart for Man Utd this month, reports the Telegraph.
The Portuguese international has recorded an incredible 13 goals and 10 assists across Liga NOS and Europa League. Not only is Fernandes a lethal goalscorer, his playmaking ability also looks top-tier on paper.
United risk losing Nemanja Matic by the end of this season for free whilst Paul Pogba’s future is still up in the air. And with Scott McTominay and Fred remaining as the only top-quality starters in the squad, squad depth would take a very big hit.
The Sporting talisman could easily displace the unreliable Andreas Pereira and provide goal threat and creativity in the middle of the park. And if the Red Devils manage to convince Pogba to stay, the situation becomes the most ideal.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese seems to be keen on making a move to England. If reports were to be believed, he has already informed the Liga NOS side that he wishes to leave during the winter transfer window and is also hopeful of finding an agreement with the English giants.
However, there are doubts if the midfielder can make it in Europe’s toughest league. The former Sampdoria man had a very underwhelming spell in Serie A where he averaged a meagre 6.25 goal contributions per season.
Moreover, the 25-year-old, despite being a trequartista, averages only a 75.45% pass succession rate. This could become a dangerous hurdle to overcome in the energetic English football.
These are problems that rise up when the pricetag of the attacking midfielder is considered. The Mancunians value him at £50 million, which is a massive investment to make.