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Who is Bruno Fernandes? One of the most wanted players this summer

Bruno Fernandes, Sporting Lisbon
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Let’s have a look into the profile of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, the best player in Portuguese Primera Liga.

Bruno Fernandes has been one of the most wanted footballers in the transfer market this summer, with several Premier League clubs being interested in the creative midfielder.

The 24-year-old was outstanding at Sporting Lisbon this season, noting 32 goals and 18 assists across all competitions.

He was named the Primera Liga Player of the Month three times in succession, in February, March and April, before winning the Primera Liga Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year.

Fernandes won both Portuguese cups, Taca de Portugal and Taca da Liga with the Lions in the 2018-19 campaign. His performance in the Taca de Portugal was exceptional, as he managed to score or provide an assist in each of the seven games on the way to the Cup glory.

He crowned the amazing season winning the inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League with the Portuguese National Team on home soil.

Bruno started out at Boavista, spending the vast majority of his youth days in the club’s academy. He joined Italian Serie B side Novara in August 2012 and made his professional debut a few months later.

Udinese snapped him up in the following summer, signing him in a co-ownership deal. Fernandes spent three years in Udine, showing off his talent and skills in top-flight Italian football.

The midfielder spent the 2016-17 season in Sampdoria, before joining Sporting Lisbon for a reported fee of €8.5 million plus bonuses.

Fernandes obviously enjoyed his homecoming, establishing himself as the best midfielder in the Portuguese League. He is known for his playmaking skills and his ability to control the flow of the game. His passing range is one of his best qualities, while his skills with the ball are also on a world-class level.

Fellow Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho was full of praise for the 24-year-old recently saying it is easy to notice Bruno’s quality.

β€œI was surprised by the season of Bruno,” he said via Talk Sport. β€œIt was easy to predict quality, he is a very good player, but scored a very high number of goals for a midfield player.

β€œIt shows that you need to have instinct and qualities to score and he has it all.

β€œHe strikes the ball well, heads well, cool when he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He finds space in the penalty area. It’s all there.”

Fernandes is reportedly on his way to the Premier League right now, with Manchester United being the favorites to sign the Β£60 million-rated midfielder.

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