A remarkable report has explained why Man Utd are at risk of losing Bruno Fernandes this summer, with three heavyweight suitors named.
The Portuguese attacker, 27, became an instant fan favourite for his early heroics in a Manchester United shirt. Fernandes hit the ground running upon moving to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in January, 2020. That translated into a whirlwind first 18 months with Fernandes cementing himself as one of the league’s most potent attackers.
Fernandes has endured tougher times in the current campaign with the team in general losing their way. Nevertheless, his nine goals and 14 assists across all competitions show he has still been effective.
However, a sensational report from Caught Offside (citing a Spanish source), claim this season could be Fernandes’ last in United colours.
That surprise declaration stems from it reportedly being ‘essential’ that United qualify for the Champions League.
The wording of the original Spanish report does not make it clear whether there is anything written into Fernandes’ contract about Champions League qualification. However, they do suggest he could push for a move if United miss out on fourth spot.
Bruno Fernandes attracting heavyweight suitors – report
Citing the report, Caught Offside sum up the situation as Fernandes’ future ‘resting’ on finishing inside the top four.
Fernandes’ current contract does not expire until 2025. The club also hold an option for a further 12 months.
However, United will embark on the early phases of a new chapter under a different permanent manager next season. It’s hinted that at 27 and in his prime, Fernandes wants to be competing for top honours right now rather than be a part of a long-term project.
The report adds that if Bruno Fernandes were to push for a move, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Man City would be in the mix.
A cross-city switch to the Etihad would be unthinkable for the Red Devils. Indeed, Caught Offside pour cold water on any chances of that scenario unfolding.
Whether the original Spanish source can be believed is clearly open to debate. Regardless, a player of Fernandes’ talent and ambition is unlikely to be happy with…