An Insight Into Man City’s Potential Target Bruno Fernandes
The 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder has had an amazing season, scoring 28 goals and adding 16 assists in 49 games this campaign.
This has obviously pricked the ears up of many clubs around Europe, Portuguese League’s Player of the Year. With Pep Guardiola looking to strengthen his midfield options this summer, with an ageing couple of players needing to be replaced.
The need for City to act early on Fernandes is critical to avoid a big bidding war between Europe’s elite. The Sporting Lisbon Captain is rated at 35m, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see figures of at least double that in the summer.
Having started his career at Boavista, he moved on to Italian side Novaro for 3.5m. However, a year later he transferred again over to Udinese, where he spent three years making 95 appearances, scoring 11 and assisting 13, making a name for himself in Serie A in the process.
It’s now surprise he attracted attention from Sampdoria in 2016, and spent a season out on loan at Blucerchiati, impressing enough to make the loan permanent as per the prior agreement in 2017, but bizarrely being moved on the day after to Sporting Lisbon for 9.6m.
Having moved back to Portugal, Fernandes built on his momentum and in 2018 he was named Portuguese League’s Player of the Year, signing a new five-year contract with a 100m release clause in the process.
Fernandes as played at u19 level, straight through to the Portuguese national team, making his full international debut in 2017 and playing in last years World Cup.
He can play in a variety of positions throughout the midfield, although playing in centre midfield seems to be where he is most prolific in front of goal and assisting his team.
If Man City were to get their man, he would be a very welcome player to the club and the Premier League in general. Given his experience already in two different league and a full international – Bruno Fernandes can only improve Pep’s City side, which is a frightening thought for all of their rivals.