Manchester United News: Manchester United has been looking for their summer transfer targets already. According to reports in Portuguese media, the Red Devils have sent scouts to discover the next Bruno Fernandes ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Portugal international has been a sensation at the club since joining in January 2020. His impact was immediate as he scored eight goals in his first 14 Premier League appearances.
Bruno took his game to another level last season and made himself the most important player at the club. The United number 18 scored 28 times from midfield. However, like his teammates even he has struggled to reach the heights of the previous season.
United hierarchy knows his importance and what he brings to the club. therefore, they have started to look out for his successor already.
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According to O Jogo, United have sent a number of their scouts across the continent over the weekend. One standout game where they made their presence was Bruno’s old club, Sporting Lisbon. They played a 2-2 draw with rivals Porto.
The game was breathtaking for the fans. However, it ended with a 40-man brawl. As many as five players were sent off and that included former Real Madrid star Pepe.
United scouts were not the only ones present for the game. They were joined by the scouts from Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and Monaco.
In recent years Primeira Liga has come up with world-class talents who have been signed by world-class teams. The list includes Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Jan Oblak, Ruben Dias, and so on. This shows why the Portuguese league games are scouted highly.
Pedro Goncalves was also targeted.
Pedro Goncalves is one name that has been scouted by the record Premier League champions before. The youngster scored an incredible 23 times in the league last season and has been compared to Fernandes. However, the 23-year-old missed Friday night’s fixture with a muscle injury.
Joao Palhinha is not a fancy player by any imagination. However, despite being a late bloomer, he is being scouted extensively. He came into the limelight after making his debut for Portugal in Euros last summer.
Paulinha’s discipline on the pitch can be questionable at times but there is no doubt about his talent. He had a good game, but he was also one of the players who received a red card in the brawl.
The three-time European champions are looking for a massive overhaul in the summer with plenty of players wanting to leave. They are also in search of a new manager as Ralf Rangnick will move into his consultancy role in the summer.