Manchester City are closing in on a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to Sky Sports News.
Both clubs are locked in negotiations with a fee in the region of £50m and £60m set to land the Portuguese star.
Fernandes was a product of the Sporting academy and has featured 84 times at senior level, scoring 37 goals with loan spells at Sampdoria and Udinese.
Bruno Fernandes has played 50 games across all competitions for Sporting CP this season…
…he's been directly involved in 48 goals…
…from midfield. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/nUr4Fkc2j8
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 6, 2019
But he subsequently signed a new five-year deal to remain at the Primeira club and has since scored 22 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions this term.
The Citizens see the 24-year-old as the successor to Fernandinho, who clocked 34 at the weekend and currently moving into the final year of his contract.
Just like fellow countryman Bernardo Silva, Fernandes is considered one of Portugal’s best emerging talents in recent seasons.
He starred for Portugal at the World Cup before they were knocked out in the last 16 by Uruguay, and was among the Sporting players to have requested his contract be terminated, citing “just cause” after an attack at the club’s training ground.