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Sporting star Bruno Fernandes insists he is ready for the Premier League

Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes claims that he’s ready for the Premier League amidst interest from Manchester United, report the Record. (h/t Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United are keen to sign the Portuguese playmaker, who has enjoyed a blistering season for Sporting Lisbon netting 28 goals from the midfield across all competitions.

The 24-year-old almost left Sporting CP last season following an attack on their training ground, but he opted to stay at the club to get another season of regular football before moving to a bigger club in Europe.

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes

“Last year, after the [contract] termination, I received approaches, mainly from England and also from Spain, but I did not feel prepared to go,” Fernandes told the Record. (h/t Manchester Evening News)

“My debut season at Sporting was the first time I played so many games, I thought I needed one more with that regularity. Now I feel prepared for this requirement, if I ever have to play in England or a team in Spain.”

According to Portuguese news outlet O’Jogo (h/t The Sun), Fernandes was watched by scouts from Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus against C.D. Aves on Saturday. The midfielder, who was a part of the Portugal squad at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and has been capped 11 times, has a €100m release clause in his current deal.

Manchester United should break the bank for Bruno Fernandes

It’s no surprise to see Fernandes being scouted by a host of top European clubs, including us. The midfielder has been in stunning form since the turn of the year and his creativity to split open defences and composure in front of goal make him a perfect fit at United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad clearly needs a rebuild after the Barcelona humbling. Signing a player of Fernandes’ quality has to be one of the priorities if we are to genuinely challenge for the title next season.

Read more: Man United enquire availability for this £86m-rated midfield dynamo who they targeted last summer

But for acquiring the Portuguese’s signature, we need to act fast and spend big.