Spanish giants in the battle for €80m-rated Man United midfielder

It was only a matter of time until transfer talks would spring up about Bruno Fernandes looking to leave Man United, especially when you see how impressive he’s been.

There were concerns when he first moved from Sporting Lisbon about him handling the step up, but he’s easily Red Devils best footballer just now and he is in the discussion if we talk about elite midfielders in the game.

Portugal international might be unhappy at Theatre of Dreams to link him with Barcelona and Real Madrid, but it’s hard to take them too seriously.

It’s well documented that Los Blancos are struggling financially and the Blaugrana might be flat-out broke, while one thing the Red Devils have going for them is a pretty stable financial position.

It’s not to say they wouldn’t sell if a huge offer came along, but neither side seems capable of putting together a package that would convince the Red Devils to let him go.

It looks the reason for these talks is a suggestion that he’s unhappy behind the scenes at Theatre of Dreams and the ongoing doubt about the Norwegian manager’s position isn’t helping either.

It’s easier to believe that he only wants the club to be doing better and he’s trying to drag everyone up to his standards, but being an effective leader shouldn’t be confused with someone trying to leave.

That could change in a few years if the Red Devils don’t elevate themselves back into severe title contention, but Bruno is a crucial figure who’s part of that long term plan.

Unfortunately, there will inevitably be transfer stories in winter where Barcelona and Real Madrid will allegedly offer multiple fringe footballers in exchange, but that’s pretty standard for any big transfer story these days.