As Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes is highlighted by Portuguese newspaper A Bola today, more claims about his future come with it.

The outlet continues to say that Manchester United are in ‘pole position’ to get him, despite the big race there is for the star.

It’s said that the Red Devils have been keeping ‘informal contacts’ for the signing and are ‘well positioned’ to get it done.

Although local newspapers often make a list of clubs who want Fernandes, this the only competition for Manchester United is AC Milan. The player is ‘not ruling out’ a return to Italy, where he played for Novara, Udinese and Sampdoria.

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A Bola recalls that Fernandes is protected by a €100m release clause, and that’s the amount Sporting will have as a reference when the negotiations start.

With 27 goals this season, Bruno Fernandes is the top scoring midfielder in Europe’s top leagues. He also has 15 assists, which makes it unsurprising that clubs want to sign him this summer.