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Bruno Fernandes speculation rumbling on; former Sporting captain speaks of transfer like it has been concluded – reports

Manchester United and Bruno Fernandes are two names that have been linked together all summer, despite certain things aiming to cool the links between the two. However, that does not seem to have worked and the speculation is continuing, which is starting to become mundane. United need a player like Fernandes but journalists suggest it’s not happening.

The Premier League transfer window will slam shut at 5 pm on Thursday 8 August 2019, meaning that the clubs in that league will have to make do with what they have, at least until January 2020. United has signed Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Harry Maguire this summer but more strengthening is required to overturn the failure that was last season.

The speculation linking Fernandes to an exit from Sporting was rife in Portugal once again on Tuesday with former captain of the club, Manuel Fernandes speaking to Sport TV, seemingly aiming to ‘encourage’ the 24-year-old to make a move to the Premier League, more directly mentioning Manchester United. This is where the fun starts.

The quotes seem to differ depending on which source you read with A Bola saying something completely different to Rádio Renascença, which might suggest one of them is feeling playful, aiming to change the course of history. The basis of the quote remains the same though. The former Sporting captain was quoted by A Bola as saying:

“Bruno Fernandes deserves everything. He has been with Sporting for two years, he has done an extraordinary job. I don’t know whether or not it’s true that he is going to Manchester United, but for him to leave it must be for a European colossus. Bruno deserves it.”

However, Rádio Renascença’s interpretation differed with a suggestion that the move to United might actually be done. Whether A Bola has played down what the former captain of the club has said or whether Rádio Renascença has changed things slightly to get more attention, is as of yet unknown so you might want to take things with a pinch of salt.

“Bruno deserves everything, he’s excited the fans in these two years. He has done a great job, Manchester are a great club and he deserves a great club, a European colossus.”

Personally, I would suggest the former, A Bola have relayed the correct quote with the latter being worded in a way which would see the speculation continue, rather that fizzle out. There has been a lot said in Portugal this summer, seemingly nothing reported being remotely true, based on the fact nothing seems to be developing right now.

It has been widely reported that Sporting are seeking €70 million for Fernandes this summer, a price which clubs do not seem all that willing to pay. The former captain of the club covered the price tag on Sport TV suggesting that he thought it was right for the club to wait and ensure they get a good fee for the player. Manuel Fernandes said:

“I think he’s worth it. Varandas did well to wait and not sell for any price. He waited for the 70 million he wanted so badly, and it couldn’t be otherwise.”

Sport Witness suggest that the way Manuel Fernandes was speaking about Bruno Fernandes, it suggested he was speaking as if the transfer had been concluded already, which once again could be something or nothing. The former Sporting captain also suggested that the 24-year-old was ‘showing signs of discomfort’ with the situation, commenting on why he did not do so well in the 5-0 defeat to Benfica on Sunday. He said:

“I think in the game against Benfica it already noticed, because in that first half, the Bruno I know would have scored two goals. I believe there was some disturbance there. But while he was with us he’s always been an exemplary professional.”

Whatever happens in this saga, it has certainly kept us entertained during the summer. The amount of speculation was unbelievable with claims made and nothing happening, so far at least. Whether Fernandes signs for United, Tottenham Hotspur, heads somewhere else or remains at Sporting this summer remains to be seen. There is still time for United to show the things they can do in the transfer market.

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