Bruno Fernandes famously helped engineer Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United last year and now, he has admitted to another attempt at bringing a Portugal team-mate to the club.
Strengthening the midfield has been United’s number one priority this summer and after a move to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona seemingly ebbed into nothing, it was confirmed that Casemiro would be joining from Real Madrid.
Matheus Nunes, the former Sporting CP midfielder, was rumoured to be the subject of interest from Liverpool and Manchester City but the exciting youngster ended up joining Wolves instead.
Now, Fernandes has revealed that he told Nunes to join United instead, insisting that he’s happy for his international team-mate despite his failed attempt.
“He’s going to experience the best league in the world, he’s going to have players beside him with a lot of quality, like Rúben (Neves) and João (Moutinho), who will teach him a lot. They are two experienced players.
“Matheus is doing incredible things. He has an incredible scope for growth, he is a humble, hardworking kid and I’m sure he will probably explode in the Premier League and will show his qualities. Because for his qualities Matheus was not made for the Premier League, but rather the Premier League was made for Matheus.”
An agent mission from your players is always appreciated by supporters and in truth, fans must be wondering why Nunes wasn’t a target for United. He has already hit the ground running in the Premier League after impressing against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
The arrival of Casemiro does, however, offset any immediate urgency in midfield even if another signing in that department would be appreciated. From Erik ten Hag’s perspective, it may be paramount to his plans.
United have left much of their business for the final ten days of the transfer window and it’s safe to say that a late frenzy is needed after their tough start to the campaign.