After months of speculation over his future, Bruno Fernandes has finally made a big-money move from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United in a deal reportedly worth around £68million.
The attacking midfielder has signed a five-and-half-year deal at Old Trafford.
United lacked an attacking midfielder
In truth, there are many areas of the Manchester United squad that needs improving. However, a creative, attacking midfielder with an eye for a goal was something that the Red Devils have missed for a long time.
Their midfield options were mostly most defensive-minded players, or just truthfully mediocre. The likes of Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred are far more useful attempting to keep the opposition out, rather than hurting them at the other end of the field.
Then you have the forever youthful Jesse Lingard, who has underwhelmed, with his productivity now something of a running joke on social media.
His stats are impressive
In many ways, Fernandes is the calibre of player that United should be signing. He is relatively young at 25, scores goals and creates goals, while also adding personality and energy to the team. The Portuguese international star has scored 63 goals in 137 appearances for Sporting, while also producing 52 assists.
Those numbers may mostly have been achieved in the Primeira Liga, but they are still pretty impressive from a player who a midfielder.
Looks like a good signing
For far too long Manchester United have made poor signings and it has led to the Red Devils falling into a period of mediocrity. However, on paper, the signing of Fernandes looks like a good one.
United have tracked the player for a long time, as have reportedly a number of other Premier League clubs were tracking the midfielder. A player does not get that sort of attention if he is not the real deal.
In today’s crazy transfer market, the reported fee of £68million is not a massive one. All the signs suggest that the fee will not be a wasted one.
Will Bruno Fernandes be successful at United?