Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has this evening responded to suggestions that he recently travelled to watch Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes in action.
25-year-old Fernandes has emerged as one of Portuguese football’s star performers over the last couple of seasons.
The former Udinese and Sampdoria man possesses all of the key traits of a modern attacking midfielder, combining a keen eye for goal, set-piece prowess, creative flair and a penchant for the spectacular.
Across all competitions last season, Fernandes racked up a spectacular 32 goals and 18 assists.
As a result, it subsequently came as little surprise to see a whole host of top European clubs named as keen suitors of the Sporting star this past summer.
Manchester City were first rumoured to have been on the verge of clinching a deal for the midfielder, before Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham were all also touted as potential destinations.
Bit of Bruno Fernandes detail. His agent, Miguel Pinho, met with #THFC y’day. Fernandes & Lo Celso Spurs’ midfield targets. #MUFC, who met Pinho 2 months ago, asked him in past fortnight for some more time as they focus first on signing a RB (Wan-Bissaka) https://t.co/s2XCpyzQYX
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) June 20, 2019
In the end, however, a transfer failed to come to fruition for Fernandes, with the 25-year-old having since gone on to pen a new deal at the José Alvalade Stadium.
‘Player I can’t speak about’
The latest reports, though, have suggested that Fernandes could nevertheless yet be on the move this month.
This comes amid rumoured fresh interest on the part of Manchester United.
It has long been common knowledge that Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for attack-minded midfield reinforcements, amid Jesse Lingard’s widely-publicised struggles.
But, with first-choice targets James Maddison and Christian Eriksen looking unattainable, Solskjaer and co. are said to have switched their attentions back to Fernandes.
Will Man Utd finally get their man? 👀
— Goal News (@GoalNews) January 5, 2020
As such, speaking in a press conference this evening, the United boss was drawn on the mounting speculation that his side are back in for Fernandes, as well as the rumours that he travelled to watch the Portuguese international in action during Sporting’s meeting with Porto last weekend.
Solskjaer, though, was unsurprisingly keen to remain coy on the subject of a potential swoop.
The Norwegian stopped short, however, of denying that he recently made the trip to Lisbon to watch Fernandes in person:
OGS on whether he went to watch Bruno Fernandes last week: “We go back to speculations and do go and watch games all the time, where I’ve been is irrelevant, that’s another player in a different club I can’t speak about.”
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 10, 2020