£80m Saudi deal, Ronaldo move, United open for sale - Man United Bruno Fernandes transfer decision

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes
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Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes could be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer. It may seem hard to believe, but there is a lot of interest in the player.

MEN Sport understands Bayern Munich are interested in purchasing the Portuguese midfielder and the 29-year-old is receptive to a move away from the Premier League club. Players in the squad are understood to be worried that Fernandes will depart at the end of the season.

United would prefer to keep Fernandes at the club and he is under contract until 2026. But, as we have seen previously, if a player wants to leave they are likely to get their way.

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Cristiano Roanldo has reportedly urged his club Al-Nassr to move for his Portugal team-mate. Amid news of his potential departure, the Manchester Evening News asked its United writers whether they would sell the skipper or not.

Tyrone Marshall

In an ideal world Fernandes is going nowhere this summer, but the world United inhabit at the moment is a long, long way from ideal. First of all let's look at it from the player's side.

He has been a consistent performer since his arrival in January 2020 and has been the club's best player in that time. He has devoted his peak years to United and in a period of upheaval his standards have barely dropped. For that he has a Carabao Cup medal and in the season he turns 30 he might not be playing in Europe at all. Can you blame him if he wants out?

United might be open for a sale because he is one of the few assets in this squad that can attract a good fee. His original fee has also been paid off in terms of amortisation so it would all count as profit and reflect well in terms of what the club can spend this summer. There are positives to selling if the offer is too good to refuse.

But his input would be missed as a record of 143 goals or assists in 230 games testifies to. Maybe Mason Mount could fill that role but he would need to step up to the plate in a big way.

George Smith

Fernandes' importance to United cannot be understated. Not only is he their leader, he is also their chief architect.

Without him against both Crystal Palace and Arsenal recently, United struggled to flex their muscles inside the final third, creating very few clear-cut opportunities. They registered just four shots on target over the course of those two games.

Fernandes' creativity was sorely missed and United do not have a midfield player with the same inventive skills that he has. Despite there being a need for the club to freshen up their squad this summer, they should be doing all they can to retain Fernandes and continue to utilise him as a key figure.

In the Premier League alone, he has racked up 17 direct goal contributions this season, scoring 10 goals and creating seven. To have achieved that in a team that has lacked consistency and struggled to produce high-level performances, that is worthy of recognition.

Of course, every player has a price, and United should consider cashing-in on the 29-year-old if a lucrative, explosive offer is presented to them. Without one, however, the Reds should not even contemplate the idea of letting him go.

Jack Flintham

It would be a disaster if United were to lose Fernandes in the summer. I must admit I did have doubts about the Portuguese's temperament at the beginning of the campaign but he has really grown into the role of captain at Old Trafford.

Without him on the pitch last Monday, United really struggled and it is clear he has grown into a leader in that dressing room. The Reds are desperate for a clearout at the end of this season but it seems like they could be losing not only one good character in Varane but another in Fernandes.

With two years remaining on his current deal, you would hope that United are in a strong negotiating position should Bayern make their interest formal. But they may struggle to gain much more than £60million for his services.

For that money, I struggle to see where United could find a suitable replacement who offers what Fernandes does. This is certainly worrying news for INEOS and Erik ten Hag.

Isaac Seelochan

I've always believed that Fernandes is a good leader and often doesn't get the credit he deserves. The Portugal international is far down the pecking order when it comes to perceived cultural problems in the United dressing room.

But at age 29, there is also an issue over whether he will begin to decline and United can't afford to have more players on the wane. Injuries may have begun to take their toll after he missed United's last two games, having never previously been absent through injury before.

However, after another solid campaign where he has scored 15 goals and provided 11 assists, there is no clear evidence of Fenandes' performances declining. There is an argument to be made that he has been the club's best player during a wretched season.

Most fans are expecting a significant clearout this summer which may be easier said than done with so many players on lengthy contracts. Unfortunately, with just two years left on his current contract, it may be time for United to cash in on their captain whilst they can still get any transfer value from him.

It would be a difficult and controversial decision but a potential new manager should be allowed to start again. It wouldn't make much sense to build a team around a player who could leave for nothing in the summer of 2026.

Tom Coley

There is no reason United should consider selling Fernandes. Where would they be without him? His game-winning ability has been all that has kept them in the top half this season. Losing that would be an incredibly hard place to build from.

With Harry Kane at Tottenham we have seen that turnarounds are possible even without star players but the core at United is not as stable. With Raphael Varane leaving and Casemiro's future under scrutiny, leaving behind a group without Fernandes would be a remarkable error in judgement. Good luck to whoever has to manage that.

Despite questions regarding his attitude there is an innate desire and demand to win with Fernandes that United simply need more of. It's hardly his fault that the recruitment around him hasn't been up to standard and there is a sense that actually the club have let him down by not matching his ambitions.

In modern football, there needs to be total buy-in and cohesion. Fernandes hasn't always been the guy to show this but if given the right environment there's plenty of reason to believe he could be the keystone rather than an outcast.

Given he still has years left on his contract and he is still in what can be considered his prime years, anything under £80million for Fernandes should be laughed out of the door. With no evidence yet of how Ineos will go in the transfer market there will be understandable questions as to if they can spend any possible Fernandes money well regardless.