Man Utd plotting €130m Portuguese raid


Manchester United are set for a busy summer of activity in the transfer market as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given the task of getting rid of the dead wood at Old Trafford and bringing in some new stars.

It has already been confirmed that Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia will leave when their contracts expire at the end of June, whilst both Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira could also follow suit.

Then there are a number of players the boss didn’t play much at all after taking charge in December, that he may consider selling, including the likes of Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Fred among them.

We have been linked with signing several players already this summer and the latest pair of names to be suggested are both based in Portugal.

According to Portuguese newspaper Record (translated by Sport Witness), we will be willing to splash out as much as €70 million (£60m) to bring in Sporting Club of Portugal star Bruno Fernandes to Old Trafford. The 24-year-old midfielder has notched up incredible stats this season – scoring 20 goals and recording a further 13 assists in only 32 league outings.

The central midfielder could be a direct replacement for Ander Herrera in our midfield three, except a more attacking option. Fernandes is an excellent playmaker who has proven he can get on the scoresheet time and time again. An excellent crosser of the ball as well as playing through balls that the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial could thrive off, the Portuguese international also scores goals from free kicks.

The second player from the Portuguese Primeira Liga to be linked with us today is Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias. A Bola (via Team Talk) are reporting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes Dias his priority target for a new centre-back over the summer, with the 21-year-old having a €60 million (£52m) release clause in his contract. They also report that Atletico Madrid’s interest has faded and that we are now the favourites to sign the Portuguese international.


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