Manchester United have made an improved eye watering offer for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to reports.
United are determined to make a bunch of signings in the current window in order to avoid a repeat of last season’s disastrous campaign. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that he would like most of his squad to be ready by the first of July, just in time for pre-season. Hence, the onus is on CEO Ed Woodward to get deals for desired targets as soon as possible.
Bruno Fernandes is one of the club’s primary targets for this window. The midfielder has been in magnificent form, having scored an immense 32 goals with 18 assists in 53 appearances for Sporting last season. He also helped Portugal to win the Nations League final a couple of days ago. The 24-year-old’s form has not gone unnoticed, and hence he is obviously a name on the lips of several top clubs around Europe.
United are determined to beat the competition though, and have prepared a big money move that may be hard for Sporting to turn down. According to reports in Journal de Notices, United have submitted a massive £58 million bid with performance related add-ons worth around £13.3 million. They are confident of out-bidding any other club that come in for him. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have both shown an interest in the Portuguese star, while Inter Milan have also maed an inquiry.
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Bruno himself though, remains unclear and undecided as to where his future lies. He recently spoke about his admiration for the Serie A and Antonio Conte, but also revealed his admiration for Liverpool. Where he will be playing next season though, is a subject that is yet to be finalized. Speaking in an interview with Sport Mediaset, Bruno said:
“I was very happy in Italy and still watch Serie A games regularly.
“I do not have the slightest idea if it’s true that Inter are interested in me. They have a great Coach now in Antonio Conte who did so well at Juventus and with Italy. Of course, seeing my name associated with Inter is important.
“I know nothing, I will take the next few days to understand what is true.
“We know that newspapers sometimes have to make a show to move the market and sell.
“I’m calm, I’m at a big club. I don’t need to move, I’m not trying to leave.
“If the opportunity comes to go to a team that you can’t refuse, I’ll talk to Sporting.”