Manchester United are looking to land Portugal ace Bruno Fernandes this month with reports a £65million deal is close to completion.
The talented 25-year-old midfielder has attracted the eye of United and several other Premier League sides in recent seasons.
He came close to leaving Sporting Lisbon last summer but remained with the club and has netted a 15 times this term.
Now it appears he could finally be heading to England and here is what you need to know about Fernandes.
Bruno Fernandes factfile
- Name: Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes
- Born: September 8, 1994 in Maia, Portugal
- International: 19 caps, two goals – part of Portugal’s UEFA Nations League winning squad
- Career highlights include: In 2017/18 Fernandes was named the Primeira Liga’s Player of the Year and was named in the Europa League’s squad of the season.
What clubs has he played for?
Bruno Fernandes started off with Portuguese side Boavista but did not play any first-team games for them.
He joined Serie B side Novara in 2012, making 23 appearances in his first season before Udinese signed him on a co-ownership deal and nurtured his talents for three seasons, where he scored 11 goals in 95 games.
A season at Sampdoria followed before an £7million transfer to Sporting before the 2017/18 season.
He enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last term, bagging 31 goals in 50 appearances for the Portuguese giants.
What is his style of play?
Fernandes is a central midfielder who has been compared to Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos.
He likes to play further up the pitch to create chances for his attackers, playing through balls and shooting from distance.
Ex-United boss Jose Mourinho recently admitted he’s been ‘surprised’ by the superb performances of his compatriot in recent months.
“I was surprised by the season of Bruno,” he told Eleven Sports. “It was easy to predict quality, he is a very good player, but scored a very high number of goals for a midfield player.
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“It shows that you need to have instinct and qualities to score and he has it all.
“He strikes the ball well, heads well, cool when he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He finds space in the penalty area. It’s all there.”
Fernandes did not receive his first call up until in 2017 but was in Portugal’s World Cup squad.
He was part of the Portugal team that claimed glory at the inaugural UEFA Nations League finals last summer.
Who are interested in him?
United have been keeping tabs on him in recent weeks and head up a list of English big guns in the hunt for his signature.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton have all been linked with his talents.
However, it has been suggested recently that the Red Devils are firmly that frontrunners for him and may even submit a bid in the region of £65m.