Bruno Fernandes has sparked life into the Manchester United side from the day he arrived. However, he was a man of huge demand before joining the Red Devils. The Serie A giants, AC Milan and Juventus who were said to have interest in signing him, will now be thwarted for not grasping their opportunity.
The Portuguese magnifico started his football career at a club from his hometown. He played initially at a club called Infesta before moving to Boavista where he spent nearly a decade of his youth career. In 2012, he joined a Serie B side known as Novara.
He had hardly played for a few weeks with the youth side, that he was promoted to the first team. His impact was immense and he went on to feature more than half of the League fixtures. He helped his team finish fifth and earned a spot in the promotional play-offs. His excellent form was noticed by Udinese, who signed him in an orthodox co-ownership deal.
It meant that 2 clubs would own his contract, but he would feature only for one club. Bruno went on to have a decent couple of years featuring plenty of games for the Italian side. He was then sent out on loan to Sampdoria for a year after which Portuguese giants, Sporting CP came calling.
Bruno Fernandes became an instant hit as he went on to become one of the most valuable players in the League. Given the fact that he is a midfielder, Bruno went on to score an astonishing 64 goals in 137 appearances. His performance helped his club secure a spot in the European League for the 2019-20 season.
The Bruno Fernandes impact on Manchester United:
His magnificent form had attracted a lot of attention across Europe with many big clubs wanting his signature. However, it was Manchester United who turned out to be the lucky one. The Red Devils signed him midway through the 2019-20 season for a fee worth £67.6 million. Fair to say, this turned out to be one of the biggest steals in the transfer history of football.
When many said he would not deliver the way he performed elsewhere as it was the Premier League, Bruno literally made it look easier. His impact was clearly visible as United miraculously secured a top-4 spot and went on to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League. Adding on to his impact, in just half the season, he racked up 12 goals and 8 assists.
And there has been no shortage of his excellence this season either. He is currently leading the score chart as well as the assist chart for a United player. He has an overall 26 goals and 16 assists adding his brilliant display against AS Roma. Bruno scored twice and assisted the same while thrashing Roma 6-2 in the Europa League semi-final’s first-leg.
The Serie A duo missed out on the chance to sign the Portuguese Magnifico
Talking about Manchester United’s biggest achievement in recent years, few others will be banging their heads for missing him. AC Milan and Juventus had shown a similar interest in the 26-year-old midfielder. However, as we can see, they failed.
According to reports, AC Milan came close to signing him on 2 occasions. They tried their luck in 2015 while he used to play for Udinese and the latest being in 2019. The failure to getting him was his valuation. Milan were trying all possible deals to lower the value, but their delay cost them as United splashed plenty of money to get him.
Juventus were also in the race along with AC Milan. It was said that Juventus’ Chief Football Officer, Fabio Paratici had fallen in love with the Portuguese midfielder because of the way he understood Serie A football. The club’s inability to grab him earlier has been one of the biggest regrets for him as well as The Old Lady.
However, the latest reports suggest that he is being lined up for a return to Italy. If it is to be true, AC Milan and Juventus will be on high alert and wary not to commit the same mistake twice. However, there is a catch. Since his arrival to Old Trafford, his value has increased immensely in a short span. The club is also in the process of handing him an enormous new deal to wary of any interest. However, if Manchester United were to accept, given his current value, a bid less than £100 million won’t even be considered. And given the financial situation of the interested clubs amidst the pandemic, neither of them can afford him.