Manchester United have responded to a transfer enquiry from Juventus over former target Bruno Fernandes with a three-figure valuation, a report claims.
The midfielder has made himself the standout name on the team sheet since signing for United in January 2020. In 74 games for the Red Devils, he has netted 38 goals and registered 24 assists. What’s more, he has netted 26 times this term but is targeting more than 30 by the end of the campaign.
Fernandes moved to Old Trafford for a deal initially worth £47million from Sporting.
However, United had tracked him long before then, including a failed swoop during the summer 2019 transfer window.
The Serie A club also tried to sign the midfielder in 2015, when he was plying his trade with Udinese, but again, they could not get hold of the transfer.
Nevertheless, the interest remains and they – as well as Juventus – continue to follow the player’s progress. As such, Calciomercato claims that the Turin club have tested the water over a raid again.
However, United have met the enquiry head on, slapping a €120million-plus (£104million) price tag on their star man.
Juventus therefore ‘regret’ not going after him in previous years, knowing that a swoop this time would prove all-but ‘impossible’.
Fernandes showed his class once again in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final victory over Roma.
The Portugal international scored two goals and assisted two others, for Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba respectively.
Fernandes sets big Man Utd target
Meanwhile, the midfielder has insisted that he wants to hit at least 32 goals before the end of the season.
That is his season-best tally that he tallied at Sporting, doing so in the 2018/19 campaign.
He said: “My target every time is to do better and better and my target now, as everyone knows, is to win trophies.
“For myself [my target] is to improve every season. I think if I score 32 goals in one season, I can do better. I know it’s a big number but why not!? If you dream about and fight for it, you can do it.”