While Manchester United anticipates a quiet January transfer window, Bruno Fernandes might be advocating for the arrival of a Portuguese talent at Old Trafford.
During a Fans’ Forum earlier this week, United clarified their expectation of a relatively low-key January, considering concerns about financial fair play regulations.
Manager Erik ten Hag is eager to bolster the squad, but mid-season windows pose challenges for securing top targets.
Recent reports suggest that five players, including Casemiro, are on the potential departure list. Any exits could trigger moves for reinforcements, particularly in the midfield where Casemiro’s departure might create a void.
Rumors circulate about United’s interest in Joao Neves, a 19-year-old talent who has made waves at Benfica in 2023.
Fernandes, who played alongside Neves in the Portuguese national team, expressed admiration for the young midfielder during the November international break.
“I would love to have him at United; he has top quality! But it’s João’s choice,” remarked Fernandes. “He’s a great player.
He will have a great future, in United or somewhere else.”
Interest in Neves extends beyond United, with Bernardo Silva expressing a desire for the midfielder at Manchester City.
Neves has drawn attention from top European clubs, setting the stage for potential intensified pursuit in January.
While significant investments may not be imminent in January for United, strengthening the midfield remains a priority for Ten Hag, acknowledging the potential influence of Fernandes in identifying targets.