Bruno Fernandes Man United
Bruno Fernandes

Over the past couple of days, there have been rumours that Manchester United will be tempted to offload Bruno Fernandes and as per the latest reports, the Premier League side might be planning to use him in a swap deal.

Signing a new central defender is a priority for Manchester United and it seems like the new INEOS owners are willing to use Bruno Fernandes as a counterweight to sign Ronald Araujo from Barcelona.

Due to the requirement of funds, Barcelona, like Man United, are also contemplating a summer sale of Araujo and at the same time, Laporta is looking to sign a world-class attacking midfielder.

These two wishes might perfectly align in the coming months if Manchester United are ready to send Fernandes to the Camp Nou in their desperation to sign Ronald Araujo.

Will Barcelona get a chance to sign Bruno Fernandes?

Bruno Fernandes has been with Man United since 2020 and in these four years, the playmaker has been just wonderful for the Red Devils.

Since his arrival, he’s been the major creative force in the side and in 232 games, the No 10 has scored 79 goals along with 65 assists. United have finished 8th in the league this season despite that, Fernandes has had 18 goal contributions in 35 league outings. However, he is going to be 30 in September and United have also signed Mason Mount who plays in the same role as Bruno so theoretically, the club can afford to offload him.

With Casemiro and Eriksen set to leave, a midfield refresh is definitely in line for Manchester United so one might think that Barcelona will have a chance to land the Portugal international but it’s almost impossible to see United let go of such a valuable player.

A potential summer exit has been discussed, that’s for sure, but replacing him will need a lot of money and patience and it’s much more convenient for them to pay a fee upfront for Ronald Araujo. Apart from the Barcelona defender, Man United are also keeping tabs on Jarrad Branthwaite and if they go for the Everton defender then a swap deal won’t work.

Araujo and Bruno Fernandes are both valued at €70 million so financially, it might make sense to go for an exchange deal but a player like Bruno cannot be so easily replaced.

Barcelona would love to sign a player like Bruno because that will help them save a lot of money but the Catalans know they can get around €90-100 million from Araujo’s sale so even they will want to cash in on him and then use the money sensibly.

A poor season will surely be an issue for Bruno Fernandes and his trophy ambitions but so far, the midfielder has shown no signs of discontent and we are very much confident that Manchester United are not planning to send him out, let alone use him in a swap deal.