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Kevin Kilbane questions Bruno Fernandes pursuit

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While Manchester United are reportedly closing in on Bruno Fernandes, Kevin Kilbane says that the club can no longer compete for the best players in the world.

Bruno Fernandes is reportedly inching closer towards a move to Manchester United. According to reports, the Portugal international has held a meeting with his agent Miguel Pinto who reportedly met with Manchester United hierarchy last week.

The Red Devils are favourites to sign the Sporting CP star but Kevin Kilbane has not been impressed by the pursuit. The former Everton man believes that the club cannot compete with the best teams for the best players in the world anymore.

While speaking to The Express, Kilbane says that names like Bruno Fernandes aren’t the sort of names the big clubs are after.

“They (the players United are targeting) are not necessarily names if we’re talking in terms of the business Real Madrid have done and the business Man City have done and will do,” former Everton player Kevin Kilbane said.

“They’re not names at that level.

“But they’re going to make Man United better.

“Look where Man United are, they’re a fifth and sixth-placed team.

“That’s where they are. We expect them to be a top one or two.

“You have to accept [that they’ve got to do it that way now].”

However, one has to agree to disagree with Kilbane’s statements keeping in mind that Bruno Fernandes is one of the most creative players in Europe. Last season, the Portuguese midfielder was scoring and making goals for fun.

And it wasn’t just at club level where he shone. Fernandes was a vital member of the Portugal national side that won the inaugural Nations League final. Indeed, with a player like Bruno Fernandes in their ranks, Manchester United may well be able to add a lot of creativity in the team from next season.