Marcel Keizer conceded that Sporting Lisbon may lose star player Bruno Fernandes this summer amid reported interest from Manchester United.
Reports linking Fernandes with an Old Trafford move have only grown stronger across the past few weeks, with United seemingly keen to reinforce their midfield options as Paul Pogba’s future remains doubtful.
The Red Devils’ alleged interest in Fernandes comes as no surprise to many given his exploits last season. In fact, he ended up managing an impressive 32 goals and 18 assists in 53 appearances across all competitions.
At 24, the Portugal international can still raise his game to even higher levels and could become a valuable asset for United in the upcoming years.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, though, won’t have it easy when it comes to landing Fernandes’ signature, with Sporting president Frederico Varandas warning interested clubs they will only entertain bids of more than €62m.
Yet the midfielder, who downplayed the talk over his future earlier this week, refused to allow the rumours to distract him by pulling off another outstanding display in Sporting’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool.
After putting the Lions ahead in the fourth minute, Fernandes turned provider for Wendel to earn them a draw.
But Sporting manager Keizer admitted for the first time that they may be about to lose their star man.
“Bruno is a good player, an important player,” said Keizer, according to Yahoo.
“Everyone would like that he stays but we do not know what the future will bring so we have to wait.”
Fernandes’ stunning progress over the years has led many to hail him as the Primeira Liga’s finest player.
Keizer added: “I am just the coach. You ask the wrong guy. We know he plays very well and clubs like him and we have to see what happens.
“This is the job for the coach. You realise some players can go. Every player can go. Wait and see.”
Sporting and Fernandes will next meet La Liga side Valencia for a friendly on Sunday in Lisbon.