One player who had made a name for himself in Portugal has to be Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes. A lot of European clubs seems to be interested in the Portuguese international. Reports suggest that Manchester United are set to battle it out against arch-rivals Liverpool for the midfielder in the summer transfer window. The 24-year old has been sensational for Sporting Lisbon and deserves all the attention he is getting in recent time.
The 24-year old have scored a whopping 21 goals along with 11 assists in the current campaign for the Portuguese side. However, despite his heroic performances this season Marcel Keizer’s men are currently in the fourth position in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, behind their arch-rivals FC Porto and SL Benfica. The Dragons are top of the table currently with the Eagles in close vicinity at the second position with Sporting Braga at third.
Bruno Fernandes is very versatile and something with which both Manchester United and Liverpool can work with. He can score them if he gets the opportunities and can also create chances for his fellow teammates. He is extremely skilful on the ball and has experience of playing as a centre forward and also as a centre midfielder at the same time. He can even slot in as the creative nucleus of a side playing right behind the striker and orchestrating moves for Keizer’s men.
Liverpool’s connection with the player is a testament to the fact that they are still looking a replacement for Philippe Coutinho as the Brazilian has left Anfield and joined Barcelona last season. The Reds and even Klopp seem very interested in the 24-year old Portuguese midfielder. However, earlier the rumours in Portuguese media suggested that Liverpool are ahead in signing Bruno Fernandes but in recent times the tide has changed in favour of Manchester United. Portuguese newspaper A Bola also clearly mentioned that the Red Devils have also joined in and will battle it out with Liverpool for his signature.
Sporting Lisbon has had their fair share of issues in recent time and made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. So it only justifies the move and the rumours for Bruno Fernandes. A big money move to Premier League is on the cards and it will truly benefit all the three parties in general. Fernandes has all the ingredients required to be a successful football in the Premier League and no matter where he ends it will be a big statement buy from that side in the summer transfer window.
However, it was Bruno Fernandes who brought Sporting out from the utter chaos that they had at the club during the reign of former club president Bruno de Carvalho. The controversy which involved the former president ended up with a huge loss for the Portuguese giants as nine players including the likes of Gelson Martins and Rui Patricio terminated their contract and left the club.
Bruno Fernandes decided to stay amid all the chaos as supporters vented out their anger by attacking players and support staff. The 24-year old scored and assisted in Sporting 3-0 win against third-placed Braga. Fernandes also got on the scoresheet in their Europa League fixture against Villareal but it was enough for the Lions to progress to the round of 16.