Man Utd ‘offer desperate Fernandes’ plus £17m in ‘sacrifice’ for Barcelona star in sensational swap

According to sources, Man Utd has made an offer to trade Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong for Bruno Fernandes, with the Portugal midfielder prepared to move.

For the most of the season and ever since moving from Sporting Lisbon to Old Trafford in 2020, Fernandes has been the Red Devils’ most valuable player.

In addition, the Portugal international has drawn criticism for his finger-pointing and unfavorable body language on the field from commentators and former players. This season, he has provided 15 goals and 9 assists in all competitions.

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Fernandes probably hasn’t won enough trophies in his career for his ability and the Man Utd captain recently hinted that he could have to leave Old Trafford in the near future.

When asked by DAZN Portugal about his future, Fernandes said: “Obviously, it doesn’t just depend on me, does it?

“A player always has to want to be here, but at the same time, you have to want him to stay. At the moment, I feel there’s that on both sides.

“I’m not thinking too much about the future, not least because, obviously, this season hasn’t been at the level I’d hoped for, either individually or collectively, so far.

“So, if you want me to be very honest, if I have to think about not continuing in the Premier League, it won’t be until after the Euros because nothing will be able to take my focus away from the FA Cup final and the Euros, as there’s nothing more important than that at the moment.”

Furthermore, Man Utd ‘proposed a swap’ including Fernandes, according to Spanish daily Nacional, as they ‘continue to insist on the signing of’ De Jong from Barcelona.

The Netherlands international has been the subject of years’ worth of rumors that Manchester United might sign him. He “still appears on Jim Ratcliffe’s list of priority objectives.”

In order to acquire the Barcelona star, the Red Devils are reportedly prepared to “sacrifice” Fernandes, and Man Utd is “offering an exchange of parts, with money involved.”

Man Utd has “offered compensation of €20m (£17m)” in lieu of paying the €90 million asking price for De Jong. + Fernandes to capture their ultimate objective.

Fernandes for his part ‘would give the OK to Barca with his eyes closed’ and is ‘willing to lower his salary to be able to put himself under Xavi’s command’, while ‘convincing De Jong may be the most complicated part’.

‘Bruno is a very good player who would suit a lot of clubs’

The Portuguese midfielder’s future is far from clear but former Man Utd striker Michael Owen reckons Fernandes “would suit a lot of clubs” in world football.

Owen said: “Bruno is a very good player who would suit a lot of clubs. I think Man United are going through probably more important things than worrying about a player here or there at the moment.

“Man United have had great players since Sir Alex left, spent more than anyone, and look where they are. It’s more important that they get their things sorted off pitch first.

“Get the right manager first, get the right team behind the scenes, from scouts to directors, the final steps then will be to see them build. But trying to just buy your way with players has been proven not to work. They can go and spend another £200m, but while things are not right behind the scenes it won’t matter.

“If you fast forward five years and say a star player will leave, it will be a disaster, but at the moment there are far bigger fish to fry in terms of a manager and structure behind the scenes.

“He can score and create, who wouldn’t want him, though? I haven’t seen the interview, but I’d have thought the captain of Man United wouldn’t do that though and come out and say he wants to leave. But if he does then he does.”

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