How agent of Man Utd target Bruno Fernandes was ‘so out of his depth’ over transfer
Manchester United‘s pursuit of Bruno Fernandes was reportedly hampered by his agent’s naivety.
United spent much of the summer chasing the Sporting Lisbon star.
Their pursuit of the midfielder ultimately failed, but according to the Manchester Evening News his agent was ‘out of his depth’.
United’s transfer activity, dealt with primarily by Ed Woodward, has been criticised for several years.
The perception is that the club’s executive vice-chairman is not able to get big deals for big players over the line on a consistent basis.
But it was Fernandes’ agent who is understood to be the problem and culpable for the Portuguese star remaining in Lisbon.
It is sensationally claimed that clubs began dealing with the player directly to gauge how much Sporting wanted for him.
The 24-year-old catapulted himself into the limelight with an impressive season in Portugal.
His stock rose at such a rate that his agent was unable to field the level of enquiries thrown his way as a queue emerged for Fernandes’ signature.
United ultimately failed to capture a central midfielder in the summer, although retaining Paul Pogba more than makes up for their lack of recruits.
The Frenchman, despite persistent questioning, appeared a man fully focused in United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea.
His impressive display was matched by United new boys Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka who ensured the Red Devils kept their opponents scoreless.
Daniel James – the club’s first signing of the summer – came off the bench to score United’s fourth on his debut.