Bruno’s final goodbye: Manchester United target Fernandes set to captain Sporting Lisbon against rivals Benfica in Portuguese Super Cup on Sunday before sealing £56m Old Trafford deal
Bruno Fernandes is set to captain Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Super Cup on Sunday before he seals a highly-anticipated £56million move to Manchester United.
According to reports in A Bola and Record in Portugal, the 24-year-old will play one final time for the club, against their rivals Benfica at the Estadio Algarve.
It is claimed that Sporting coach Marcel Keizer is determined to get his star man out one more time, believing it unprofessional to change any of his plans this close to the derby.
Bruno Fernandes looks set to captain Sporting Lisbon in his final match for the club this week
The talented midfielder graced the cover of both Record and A Bola in Portugal on Tuesday
The squad also believe the midfielder will play for the team one last time, despite his tears and apparent goodbye during a friendly against Valencia at the weekend.
The star midfielder broke down in tears after coming off the pitch at full-time. Standing in the middle of the pitch surrounded by a handful of his team-mates, he could not hide his emotions from those watching on.
And there could yet be more emotion this weekend if Fernandes does indeed wear the captain’s armband on his final run-out for the Portuguese giants.
After the Valencia game, Sporting Lisbon boss Marcel Keizer accepted that he is not sure what the future holds: ‘We’ll see if we can keep our players and then we’ll see what we do. I hope he [Fernandes] stays, of course, like everyone else at Sporting, but we don’t know.’
The midfielder scored 32 goals and set up a further 18 last season to draw the attention of the Old Trafford side.
Fernandes has continued to turn out for Sporting Lisbon throughout pre-season with plenty of talk over where he will play next season.
Fernandes was left in tears as he appeared to confirm his time in Lisbon is coming to an end
The club’s star midfielder was overcome with emotion following a friendly against Valencia
BRUNO FERNANDES’ 2018-19 SEASON
Portuguese league: 33 appearances, 20 goals, 13 assists
Portuguese Cup: Seven games, six goals, two assists
Europa League: Eight games, three goals, two assists
League Cup: Five games, three goals, one assist
Total: 53 games, 32 goals, 18 assists
He had previously starred in his side’s 2-2 friendly draw with Liverpool, scoring and assisting in an impressive display.
Speaking before the visit of Valencia, Fernandes remained coy when quizzed on a switch to England.
‘Will this be the last match for Sporting? I don’t know, it’s the coach who decides,’ the midfielder told A BOLA.
‘I told I’d like to play in England, but I don’t care about it right now.
‘If it could be this season? It could be when the club decides, I’m not in charge.’
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to bolster his midfield options this month
Fernandes is close to sealing a £56million move from Portugal to Manchester United