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Man Utd and Liverpool target Bruno Fernandes drops Premier League hint

Sporting Lisbon playmaker Bruno Fernandes has been strongly linked with summer moves to Manchester United and Manchester City, as well as Chelsea and Liverpool.

The 24-year-old has now gone public to admit he wants to play in England and there is plenty of interest from Premier League clubs.

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And the Daily Star claim United are leading the race for the Portuguese’s signature.

The report suggests Fernandes will cost around £60m this summer, with an exit from Sporting looking more likely by the day.

Now he admits a move to the Premier League appeals to him, a month after The Metro ran a story on Chelsea and Liverpool showing an interest in snapping up Fernandes.

“I always said that I came back to Sporting because they have ambitions like the ones I have,” Fernandes told Diario de Noticias.

“I said that I would leave Sporting once my ambitions were greater than those of the club, but they are not at the moment. The ambition to be national champion is still here and so I have no reason to leave.

“Obviously if an irrefutable proposal for me arrives, and it’s good for the club, let’s get together and decide together.

“I always said that I was am ambitious player and from a very early age I have a dream of playing in England, where you can live pure football without big controversy, without big cases.

“Now, any of the other leagues, Germany, Spain and Italy are also very good and ambitious.

“But as I said I’m good at Sporting and now I’m focused on the cup.

“Then I want to make a good pre-season and if anything comes up I’m available to do what is best for the club.”

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Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could do with a creative spark like Fernandes further up the pitch, but the team could look totally different next season so it’s difficult to map out what our strongest line-up could be.

Fernandes was almost nailed on to join City at one stage, but whatever happened there we don’t know.

A player like him could be a nice substitute for Paul Pogba and that would allow Solskjaer to rebuild his midfield from scratch.

Pogba already seems destined to join Real Madrid this summer and Ed Woodward must ensure we get the best deal possible.

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