Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes looks set to leave Sporting Lisbon – and his manager, Marcel Keizer, has given an honest assessment of the situation.
The Sporting boss says they are “not in the position where we can keep everyone” as reports circulate around Fernandes and United.
Fernandes emerged as one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main targets this summer and has publicly declared his desire to play in the Premier League, as per Sky Sports.
But United and Sporting have yet to come to an agreement over his transfer valuation…
Solskjaer is looking for a player to bring more creativity from midfield, so the hope is we will be a force to be reckoned with when Paul Pogba remains at the club.
Keizer hints that Fernandes and other players could leave this summer.
“For me they can close the window,” Keizer said [via A Bola].
“It would be enough for me.
“At all times, before starting, one expects exits and entrances. We have to wait.
“We want to keep the best, but we’re in the market.
“Soon we have to wait. We are not in the position where we can keep everyone.
“It depends, of course, on what enters later if Bruno leaves. Quality players like that we can’t replace.”
It will be interesting to see how Fernandes and Pogba operate in the same midfield, if both players are at United next season.
The pair may put greater emphasis on the role of whoever plays as our holding midfield.
Nemanja Matic offers protection but he’s best days are behind him.
Fred has a lot to prove but is unable to impose himself physically on opponents.
The best option could be Scott McTominay, who Solskjaer has said he wants to see kick on again next season.