Manchester United made a brilliant deal by securing Bruno Fernandes from Sporting.
While the actual financial aspects and the likely overpaying factor can be kept aside, tactically Fernandes is the precise sort of world-class player that the Red Devils require if they wish to make the push back to their former glory.
However, their task to reform their midfield is still pending. Simple factors like Fernandes not being a natural no.10, Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira being woefully inadequate at the spot and Paul Pogba still appearing exit-bound makes the arrival of another central attacking midfielder the next priority.
It does seem that the club could be on the right path.
According to the Sun, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has made Manchester United his top priority destination should he elect to leave in the summer.
Villa are presently within the dangers of relegation, currently poised in the 17th position with only a point of safety. As such, the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid have been eyeing the 24-year-old Grealish.
However, if this claim is true, United may have the upper hand here and the fact that Villa may not necessarily have the best of bargaining chips in their hand if their future lies in the Championship could mean that a large price and a Champions League future may not thwart United’s attempts once again.
In this regard, the report claims that Villa will require around £60 million for their club captain, a hefty sum but one that may be a bargain when compared to the kind of figure Leicester City are reported to be quoting for James Maddison, another player United have on their radar.
At the same time, the Fernandes saga has clearly shown that a player agreeing to terms or approving of a deal could still play second fiddle to the parent club’s eventual asking price.