Thursday, 18 July 2019

All you need to know about Manchester United's £70m target Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes has become one of Europe's most sought-after midfielders after his incredible season for Sporting Lisbon. 

The Portugal star even surprised Jose Mourinho with his meteoric rise to the top, so it is well worth a closer inspection of the 24-year-old. 

Here, Sportsmail dives deeper on Fernandes' style of play, why he could be invaluable to Manchester United and how he is such a goal threat.  

How did Fernandes forge his way to the top?
Last season was Fernandes' breakout campaign with a record 32 goals from midfield. 

But before then, few will have known much about the man from Maia in northern Portugal. He spent his formative years with Boa Vista before signing for Novara in 2012. 

And he would go on to hone his craft in Serie A with Udinese, where he played 86 matches before joining Sampdoria for a year in 2016. The surprising thing is, he was never more than an occasional goalscorer, more of a neat and tidy player controlling midfield.

So really, out of nowhere, Fernandes has shot to prominence and is now valued at around £70m. 

He capped off last season winning the UEFA Nations League with Portugal and even compatriot Jose Mourinho was staggered by Fernandes' emergence. 

'I was surprised by the season of Bruno,' he told Eleven Sports. 'It was easy to predict quality, he is a very good player, but scored a very high number of goals for a midfield player.

'It shows that you need to have instinct and qualities to score and he has it all. 

'He strikes the ball well, heads well, cool when he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He finds space in the penalty area. It’s all there.'

After gleaning plenty of experience at a high level from a young age, it seemed something just clicked for Fernandes.  


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