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Bruno Fernandes: Sporting Lisbon midfielder linked with Man City and Man Utd


Bruno Fernandes has 48 goals and 37 assists in 107 games for Sporting

You may be hearing the name Bruno Fernandes a lot during June and July.

The 24-year-old midfielder is one of the hottest prospects in Portuguese football and is being linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester City and Manchester United reportedly leading the interest.

Sporting Lisbon’s captain has scored 32 goals and registered 17 assists in all competitions this season and is the reigning Primeira Liga player of the year.

So what makes him so good – and what would he bring to the Premier League?

Better than Pogba? The next Lampard?

Fernandes has 20 goals and 13 assists in the Primeira Liga this season. His involvement in 33 league goals is a higher total than can be boasted by any other midfielder across the top divisions of Europe’s leading leagues – England, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Portugal and the Netherlands.

That means he is sitting above some big names. It is more, for instance, than Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen have achieved.

The Portugal international has been involved in 46% of Sporting’s 71 goals in the league this season. He has been the league’s player of the month four times this term, winning the award for the past three months, and four times last season.

And he is only one goal behind Benfica forward Haris Seferovic in the league’s goalscoring charts with one game to go.

In just two seasons back in Portugal – following spells with Udinese and Sampdoria in Italy – he has 48 goals and 37 assists in 107 games.

He has been compared with Frank Lampard, surpassing the Chelsea great’s most prolific season in 2009-10 when he scored 27 goals, considered to be a record for a midfielder in Europe.

His prolific form has impressed current international and former under-21 team-mate Bernardo Silva.

“He has made a fantastic season with many goals, many assists that are not normal for a player of his position, he has the leading numbers and we will see what happens at the end of the season,” the 24-year-old Manchester City midfielder has said.