According to Portuguese publication Record, Manchester United superstar Bruno Fernandes is back on the radars of Real Madrid following his impressive run of form for his club and country.
The 28-year-old signed for Manchester United from Sporting CP in January 2020 and has established himself as one of the best playmakers in the Premier League.
In 146 appearances for the Red Devils, Fernandes has notched up 53 goals and 42 assists, standing out as a top player despite the team struggling to reach the heights of the past.
Now, Bruno Fernandes is setting the stage alight at the World Cup with Portugal, having already managed two goals and two assists from two matches, helping his national team secure a place in the Round of 16.
The attacking midfielder’s exploits have put him back on the agenda at Real Madrid, as per the report. Los Blancos had reportedly been tracking Fernandes from his time at Sporting CP and could now come back for him.
It is well-established at this point that Real Madrid will be looking for a new midfielder in the summer as Luka Modric enters the final phase of his career while Toni Kroos is also yet to sign a contract renewal.
Jude Bellingham has been touted as the top target for Real Madrid but his signing is seen as complicated due to a steep price tag and intense competition for his services.
There has been recent interest in SL Benfica’s Argentine ace Enzo Fernandez, but his valuation is also seen as too steep by the Merengues.
Now, Fernandes is being mentioned as another player on the agenda at Real Madrid. The report states that the 28-year-old feels satisfied and happy at Manchester United. But he would be open to taking the next step in his career.
As for the Red Devils’ stance on their star man, there is no mention in the report. But they handed him a new contract earlier this year, extending his stay at Old Trafford until 2026. So, it would be fair to assume that they would not let go of their main man without a fight.
La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”
Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.
Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.
Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.
On finances and Mbappe
He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”
“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.
Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,
“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.
“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”
Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.
“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”
Praise for Bellingham
Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.
“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”
“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.