Manchester United could be about to complete the signing of Bruno Fernandes after reportedly agreeing on a deal with Sporting Lisbon worth £62m (€70m), according to Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport.
The report adds that Fernandes is ready to fly to England to undergo a medical ahead of his proposed move to Old Trafford, though so many claims have been made about the Portuguese playmaker and United this summer and it’s proving easier to dismiss everything as b*llshit.
A deal could have been done much earlier this summer if United really wanted Fernandes but with Ed Woodward still making decisions on incomings and outgoings, fans of the club are still subject to incompetence.
United need another creative mind in midfield to accommodate Paul Pogba, with both Andreas Pereira and Fred surplus to requirements.
However, with the Glazers, penny-pinching is ongoing so we’ll probably be sold the idea of getting behind the two Brazil internationals because they have something to prove…
Fernandes has a terrific season with Sporting last term, when he contributed 20 goals and 11 assists in the Primeira Liga alone, as per ESPN.
A goalscoring threat in midfield is always a bonus, but Fernandes will also take time to adjust to the Premier League, a league he publicly expressed desire to play in this summer.
“The president decides that, not me,” he told A Bola, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “I don’t care about the market, I’ve talked about this many times.
“Will this be the last match for Sporting? I don’t know, it’s the coach who decides.
“I said I’d like to play in England, but I don’t care about it right now.
“If it could be this season? It could be when the club decides, I’m not in charge.”
The transfer is dragging on and Fernandes is only a few away from being the new Wesley Sneijder, Nico Gaitan, etc.