Bruno Fernandes was in huge demand in the summer. Every single day, there were reports linking him to Manchester United. Even Spurs and Real Madrid were in for him. It got to the point where Red Devils fans were looking at flights from Portugal to England to find out when he was coming to Old Trafford. The signing seemed inevitable.
However, there was no movement for the Portuguese international. None whatsoever. Sporting wouldn’t budge on their valuation, United didn’t want to pay the price.
“For me, it has been and always will be a privilege to wear the Sporting shirt,”Fernandes after signing his new contract with Sporting
But now, thanks to Manchester United’s Twitter, the Red Devils have closed in on a £60 million deal with Sporting for Fernandes. Weeks and weeks of negotiations between the clubs had come to nothing. Fans were fed up with the reports that United weren’t budging on their bids, but they have finally got there.
If you haven’t watched a YouTube highlight reel on what he will bring or read a tactical insight thread, here’s the bare bones about what Bruno Fernandes will bring to the Old Trafford faithful. One thing’s for sure, I haven’t seen United fans so excited for a signing for like this since Paul Pogba.
Bruno Fernandes – Style of Play
Very rarely do you see someone that can strike the ball so cleanly, with so much conviction. The Wesley Sneijder‘s of back in the day seemed to have faded. But out of the blue like a Siphiwe Tshabalala thunderbolt, Bruno Fernandes appeared.
Sporting Lisbon scored 72 goals last season. Bruno Fernandes contributed to half of these. For a player to score TWENTY-EIGHT goals from midfield, they have to be special, and Lisbon’s number eight seems just that. The 25-year-old is part of an exciting Portuguese future and would be a prize asset to a United side that struggled to break down Cardiff.
Alongside his goalscoring prowess, Fernandes contributed 14 assists and averaged 3.2 key passes per game in all competitions, demonstrating his quality on the ball.
What could be vital for United is Fernandes’ ability at the reverse pass, which he is a master at as shown in the video. With prolific wide runners like Martial and Rashford, as well as new signing Daniel James, the central-midfielder’s quality in sliding balls through the half spaces could slice open Premier League defences in a heart beat.
You wouldn’t even have to watch the video to know the Portuguese international’s finishing and ability to put the ball into the back of the net is second to none. 28 goals is sensational, from long shots, tight angle finishes, chips and your standard tap-ins, the midfielder has superb technique.
Fernandes is certainly ready for the step up, especially after playing a role in Portugal’s triumphant Nations League campaign. Granted, the Portuguese league is an inferior league to the harsh lights of the Premier League, but with his range of passing and eye for goal, we back Bruno Fernandes to shine in Manchester and run the midfield.
Fernandes’ quality and talent is unquestionable. 31 goals in all competitions last season is a staggering figure, especially for a midfielder. Frank Lampard like figures. He was instrumental in Lisbon’s domestic double and played a part in Portugal’s Nations League success. Everything was pointing towards a move away from Verde e Brancos for him. And alas, he has got his transfer.
Perhaps the stalling was to do with family reasons, he loves the country, or something unknown to us. Who knows. But now, after they’ve come in again for him, Bruno Fernandes looks Manchester bound. The red of Manchester specifically.
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