• May 30, 2024

Real Madrid offered Sporting midfielder


It would appear from all the reports doing the rounds that Real Madrid is still in the market for a midfielder after failing to secure the man Zinedine Zidane really wants.

This time the player in question is not Ajax’s Donny van de Beek or Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, but Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

The 24-year-old Portuguese international caught the world’s attention after a highly-impressive campaign for the Verde e Brancos last season.

During the summer the papers were full of talk about him going to Tottenham as a replacement for Christian Eriksen and then to Manchester United to fill in the gap left by Paul Pogba.

Interestingly both of the names we just mentioned were supposed to be going to Real Madrid and now that neither has moved, Sporting want to offer Fernandes to them.

Apparently, according to the Daily Mail Tottenham at one point submitted a formal bid, but it was well below Sporting Lisbon’s asking price.

Sporting Lisbon want to cash in on Bruno Fernandes

 Now hurrying to get some kind of a deal done before the 2nd of September, the player’s agent Jorge Mendes has approached Real Madrid in the hope of sparking an interest according to Diario AS.

One thing is for sure and that is plenty of clubs would love to snap up the talented midfielder following his 32 goals last season, the best tally of any midfielder in all of Europe.

Fernandes has made it known that he would like to take on a new challenge and the only thing that seems to be stifling his ambition is Sporting Lisbon’s valuation.

While Real Madrid might seem like a good fit there still seems to be a glimmer of hope that a deal can be done for Paul Pogba and failing that, the money could be used towards securing Neymar’s services from PSG.

There is no doubting Bruno Fernandes’s credentials as not only has he proved himself with the Portuguese national team he has spent most of his footballing career in Italy’s Serie A.

In 2012 the youngster moved from his hometown club Boavista FC to join Piedmont based side Novara Calcio in Italy.

A year later he was playing in the Italian top-flight first for Udinese and then Sampdoria.

His display during the 2017 U-21 European Championships caught the eye of Sporting Lisbon and he returned to his homeland for the modest fee of 8.5€ million plus bonuses.

While Bruno Fernandes is obviously a quality player, he seems overpriced when compared to the likes of Donny van der Beek and Espanyol’s Marc Roca.

It really is a waiting game when it comes to transfers with both parties trying to hold out to the very last minute before agreeing on a deal.

As Real Madrid fans, we all know that Zinedine Zidane wants Paul Pogba above anyone else and rather than splash 60€ or so million on a midfielder now he can afford to wait until next summer.