Sporting Lisbon manager Silas says he expects Bruno Fernandes to be available to face Benfica in the Primera Liga on Friday evening.
According to widespread reports on Thursday morning, the Portugal international appears to be finally closing in on a move to Manchester United.
As reported by James Ducker of the Telegraph, Fernandes has agreed personal terms with the Reds and the deal hinges on whether the two clubs can agree a fee.
But Silas confirmed in a press conference ahead of Friday’s game that Fernandes will feature for Sporting on Friday, as well as highlighting his importance to the team.
“The only certainty I have is that Bruno will be there [at the derby]. We prepared the game with Bruno and he trained very well, as always,” he said via Notícias Ao Minuto, as sourced by Sport Witness.
“He’s the best player in the league and the most valuable since last year. He’s not worth this money, he’s worth so much more. In addition to attacking he also sacrifices himself to defend. Bruno is the best and the most valuable. When we have such a player it’s normal for everyone to want him. Only if there’s a disaster he won’t be there.”
The game on Friday could see Fernandes say his goodbyes to Sporting if his transfer to United is ready to be completed. The obvious concern for Reds is the prospect of Fernandes getting injured in the ferocious derby, which would hamper the deal taking place.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needs a playmaker that can link midfield and attack and Fernandes would be an excellent signing.
The 25-year-old has seven goals and eight assists in the Primera Liga division already this season.