Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes has admitted he would “like” to play in England as speculation linking him with Manchester United intensifies.
The Portugal international bagged 20 goals and 13 assists in 33 Liga NOS games last season and has reportedly been on the radar of some of Europe’s top clubs for some time now.
Fernandes to Man Utd? Five key things to know…
- Fernandes was Liga NOS’ second-highest goalscorer last season.
- The 24-year-old has been linked with Man Utd.
- Even if Paul Pogba stays, United are in need of more midfield creativity.
- Fernandes’ contract includes a £31m release clause.
- And the midfielder has admitted he’d “like” to play in England.
And although he has insisted he’s staying focused on pre-season with Sporting, Fernandes couldn’t help but confess his desire to play in England and suggested he may leave sooner rather than later.
“I don’t care about the market, I’ve talked about this many times,” he told reporters ahead of travelling with the rest of the Sporting squad to New York.
“The only thing I can do now is that I need to catch the plane so I don’t miss it. Will this be the last match for Sporting? I don’t know, it’s the coach who decides.
“I told I’d like to play in England, but I don’t care about it right now.
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“If it could be this season? It could be when the club decides, I’m not in charge.”
Fernandes only signed a new five-year contract with Sporting last summer but that deal included a £31m release clause. If a club meets that fee but Sporting refuse to sell, the 24-year-old will be due £4.5m in compensation.
At 24 years old, he’s at the perfect age to supplement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, with the Norwegian seeking to add more youth to his ranks during this transfer window.