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Manchester United are rumoured to be working on a deal to bring Sporting CP and Portugal playmaker Bruno Fernandes to Old Trafford this summer. The 24-year-old capped off an impressive 2018/19 campaign with 32 goals and 18 assists in 53 games for Sporting, forcing a number of clubs to ask for his signature.

Manchester United are said to be leading the race for Fernandes, who is also reported to have agreed on personal terms with them. However, the transfer fee is proving to be a stumbling block for both United and Sporting.

Kevin Kilbane has given his opinion on the Red Devils chasing the Portuguese star, saying that he is not on the same level as Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy or Rodri. Speaking to Irish outlet Off The Ball, he said,

“They’re 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, 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].”

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