Chelsea monitoring 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder

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Chelsea are keeping close tabs on Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes, but concerns over Maurizio Sarri’s time at Stamford Bridge have raised doubts over a deal.

Portuguese publication O Jogo reports that both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are fans of the in-demand midfielder.

Both sides have made checks on the 24-year-old recently and have been impressed with his displays this term, and the report states that both teams have enjoyed ‘positive observations’ of the player.

Bruno Fernandes has bagged himself 18 goals for Portuguese giants in all competitions, and that has not gone unnoticed.

The Portugal international has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge some time, but Chelsea now appear ready to step up their interest.

With doubts rising over Maurizio Sarri’s position as west London club’s head coach, speculation about Bruno Fernandes’ future may become clearer in the summer transfer window if and when the Blues decide the Italian’s situation, and it was claimed that club chiefs have identified Zinedine Zidane as a first-choice replacement.

The French legend decided to resign at Santiago Bernabeu last year at the end of the season because he had a misunderstanding with Florentino Perez about transfer targets and opted to quit.

Since that move, Zidane was linked with Manchester United job when Jose Mourinho was sacked, but the Red Devils decided to appoint former striker Ole Gunnar Solkjaer who lost his first game as Old Trafford outfit’s head coach against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.