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Bruno Fernandes: Man Utd’s best player set for Saudi Arabia

Carlo Garganese
Erik ten Hag, Man Utd, 2023/24
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There is a very good chance that Bruno Fernandes will leave Manchester United this summer in order to move to Saudi Arabia.

That is according to Portuguese media outlet Record, who report that Saudi Pro League teams will return with another astronomical offer for Bruno at the end of the season.

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Record reports that Bruno rejected a massive financial offer during the January transfer window from Al-Hilal.

However, Al-Hilal and potentially others will return with an even more lucrative offer come May.

With Bruno set to turn 30 by then, the chances of a move for Fernandes will increase massively.

United will be open to selling an ageing player, while the midfielder himself will realise this is the last chance of one huge pay day.

With United no closer to challenging for major trophies, Bruno may also have less reason to stay where he is.

Saudi Arabia transfers

The Saudi Pro League took the transfer market by storm in 2023.

Saudi Arabia attracted a host of world-class players moving to the Kingdom for astronomical fees and on massive wages.

These included Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Sadio Mane, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, Malcom, Ruben Neves and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The winter market of 2024 was relatively quiet as Saudi clubs are keeping their powder dry to make huge moves in the summer.

Fernandes is widely recognised as having been United’s best player for a number of years.

He joined the club in 2020 from Sporting Lisbon and has performed brilliantly over the last four years, making 215 appearances, scoring 71 goals and making 60 assists.

However, he has won only one trophy during his time at Man Utd, the 2023 Carabao Cup.

United will almost certainly fail to qualify for the Champions League next season as they are nine points outside the top four.

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