THE PL TRANSFER GAMES
by Sammir Goyall
Bruno Fernandes has been sought out as the player to watch out for in this transfer window. The, 24 year old, Portugeese Attacking Midfielder has set The Primeira Lig stage on fire by scoring 31 goals last season taking his goal tally to 47 goals as well as registering 35 assists in 66 matches for Sporting Lisbon. Apart from scoring goals, he also has registered Bruno has already expressed his desire to play at highest level in European competitions and wishes to play abroad. Manchester City have been looking to strengthen their attack and prepare for life after David Silva’s departure. There were rumours of City making Bruno Fernandes as a part of partnership agreement between City and Sporting. City came out and spoke about the rumours stating that they were never interested in signing the player, ending all the rumours and linkups with the player.
Manchester United has been dealing with rumours of Paul Pogba’s exit from the club to join Real Madrid. Bruno Fernandes have been touted as Pogba’s long term replacement. Real Madrid, with the aim of revamping the squad, have been looking Pogba as centrepiece to complete the team. However, United’s € 150 Million valuation for the French midfielder have been a stumbling block for the Spanish club. Manchester United have been in need to work on improving their midfield, particularly post departure of Ander Herrera and Marouaine Fellaini. Pogba hasn’t had the best season last year and with Juan Mata not getting any younger, United are definitely in need of a world class Attacking midfielder. However, the club decided to back out of signing Fernandes on scouts advice. This coupled up with his high release clause prompted club to walk away from deal.
Bruno has been heavily linked with Tottenham Hotspurs in last few days. The club was being unable to get Christian Eriksen to sign a new contract as well as sign Giovani Lo Celso to strengthen the midfield. After signing Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon, Spurs were looking to bolster their midfield by signing an attacker. It has been reported that Spurs have reached an agreement with Bruno and his representatives regarding personal terms. However, the move broke down due to Sporting unable to agree with Spurs on payment structure. It is believed that Spurs made an offer of € 45 Million plus bonuses, while Sporting demanded €80 Million. However, Spurs walked away from the deal post securing signing of Lo Celso on loan with obligation to buy next summer.