Bruno Fernandes’ agent Miguel Pinho is heading to England again; time for actions to end all the speculation!


The Bruno Fernandes transfer saga has rumbled on for yet another day. There have been many claims made about the player and Manchester United, many of which were premature – some completely untrue. It seems that the media is once again up to their tricks of knowing nothing but reporting everything, seemingly then able to claim that they were right – covering all bases tends to do just that.

In Portugal today, only A Bola and O Jogo, which has been translated by Sport Witness. Both newspapers report similar things – Fernandes’ agent, Miguel Pinho, is once again travelling to England and that he is set to receive official offers for the 24-year-old this summer. It seems that we have been here before and Pinho seems to be collecting air miles.

A Bola state that Pinho will be collecting offers from Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, whereas O Jogo omits Liverpool from their reports. In the last week or so, it has been reported that both Spurs and Liverpool had ended their interest in the Portuguese midfielder this summer with City ending their interest a long time ago.

In the report by A Bola, their order of clubs; United, Spurs and Liverpool is the ranking in which leads the race for Fernandes, with United leading the chase. It is suggested that the Old Trafford club is the likeliest of destinations for the 24-year-old attacking midfielder this summer, as has been reported over the last month – with nothing seemingly developing.

Fernandes will be heading back to Lisbon with the view of joining up with his teammates on Thursday to start pre-season training ahead of the 2019/20 season. Both A Bola and O Jogo are of the same view that this will happen. He was given a slightly longer holiday because of his participation in the UEFA Nations League at the start of June in which Portugal lifted the inaugural trophy.

It was stated in O Jogo that the 24-year-old has not yet had his picture taken in the new Sporting playing kit this summer, also suggesting that the reason behind this is that it is known the player will not be staying in the Portuguese capital this summer. To me, it seems that this was stated to add more speculation. Recently, it was suggested that Fernandes’ future would be announced last week, then early this week – and still, we know nothing!

It has also been reported in the last few days that Fernandes has agreed on personal terms with United. A Bola has stated that this is not actually true. These reports started in Italy. The Portuguese newspaper stated that Fernandes does not see much sense in agreeing on a deal with a particular club as Sporting could just sell him to another team. Thinking about it, it does make sense. You agree on a deal with a club when your club has a deal in principle with another.

It seems like all the reports over the past month or so have just been speculation. There are ITK accounts on Twitter that have been saying for weeks that Fernandes is a done deal to United this summer. Of course, it is easy for them to say. These things tend to be tweeted with hope more than any fact. They, if they are right, they will try and predict things again, telling you that their sources are always right, until they are wrong, at least.

The whole transfer window becomes a menagerie during the summer, less so in January. There is a click bait method of approach which coins in the cash for these newspapers – some do it to tell people what is going on, others will claim so many different things that it just brings confusion, even for the people writing the articles. One thing is for sure though, Bruno Fernandes is still a Sporting player and could still be at the end of the summer transfer window.

Does United even want to sign him? Sky Sports News seems to have information suggesting United do want the 24-year-old. If that is true, put in an offer that is too good for the Portuguese club to refuse, get the player on a plane to Manchester, get his medical done, give him a contract and prepare to get him ready with the rest of the squad travelling to Australia for pre-season. It doesn’t sound hard to complete but United seem to make it seem hard.

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