The summer transfer window is almost upon us, and the sagas that will define the period are beginning to take shape.
In accordance with the trends that have been occurring over the past two or three seasons, the focus seems almost entirely on young and upcoming players who can aid the pursuits of a club rather than tested and aging talents.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, in particular, are slated to be big spenders ahead of the next campaign. Now, there may be promising inputs regarding their long-held transfer target.
As per A Bola in Portugal, Solskjaer has demanded the higher-ups at Old Trafford to attain Bruno Fernandes this summer. The midfielder is said to be crucial to the club’s plans in a summer where some of their more experienced names will likely depart the outfit.
Further, the report claims that Miguel Pinho, the agent of the 24-year-old, has agreed to ‘listen to the terms’ that United have to offer before deciding on the transfer of the Sporting player.
However, the big hurdle that the club faces is closer to home, as Manchester City are another club believed to be persistently trying to acquire the player.
The two local rivals have had well-publicized battles over signings in the recent past, with the Red Devils coming out on top with the successful transfers of Alexis Sanchez and Fred. However, the two players haven’t exactly flourished at Old Trafford either.
In the case of Fernandes, it is his goalscoring tendency that makes him an attractive prospect for both clubs, particularly City, where Pep Guardiola demands an offensive ethos across his roster.
With much uncertainty looming over the futures of Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, and as of recent, even Paul Pogba, such a signing is becoming a vital priority for the Red Devils.