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Man United lead the race for Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United are leading the race for Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes as rivals Manchester City dropped their pursuit, claims the Sun.

Fernades, who is rated at £50million, has been drawing interest from Europe’s elite lately.

It is reported that Pep Guardiola has dropped his interest in chasing the Lisbon midfielder as he cites City’s long-term future with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho.

This has now allowed the Red Devils to have the edge in the pursuit of Fernandes.

Fernandes’ impressive season with Sporting CP

The 24-year-old has been a revelation for the Portuguese side since his move from Sampdoria in 2017.

He has bagged a goal tally of 38 this season and he is the league’s second highest goalscorer and assist provider.

United need to bolster their midfield strength

The Red Devils have shown rustiness as a unit and also in terms of individuality throughout this season.

Given the current scenario, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should consider reinforcing his midfield strength. In such a case, Fernades would definitely be a long-term solution.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Pogba

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Pogba

The Portuguese prospect is also versatile, which he has shown throughout this season for Sporting. And these attributes will certainly make him a perfect fit at Old Trafford.

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Fernandes holds a buy-out clause of £86m but will be available at £50m if there is no bidding war for the player.