Citizens reportedly held negotiations with Sporting Lisbon officials this week and attempted to try and pip Man United to the signing of Bruno Fernandes. Pep Guardiola led his side to a domestic treble last campaign as he has built a brilliant squad with quality and depth to compete on multiple fronts for the foreseeable future.
However, the Spanish manager is seemingly not yet content, as he’ll want to defend their domestic honours next campaign while also trying to end their wait for Champions League glory too. With that in mind, Rodri has already arrived at the Etihad with the record-breaking £62.8m from Atletico Madrid.
Man City tried to advance their position in the race for £70m-rated Portugal international. However, it’s added that Red Devils are still being touted as favourites to add the 24-year-old midfielder, although there will be some concern that Citizens are attempting to hijack their swoop for the playmaker ace.
Bruno is coming off the back of an incredible campaign in which he bagged 32 goals and 18 assists in 53 appearances across all tournaments, and so it’s no surprise that he is attracting European clubs interest.
Time will tell though if it’s Red Devils or Man City that win the contest for his signature, as if it’s the latter, it would be another sensible long-term addition to replace a stalwart.
David Silva and Fernandinho already up to 33 and they need back-up. Fernandes regularly plays in the national team line-up and also helped them to win the UEFA Nations League.