Man Utd scouts blocked move for 24-year-old prolific midfielder

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Manchester United scouts have ruled out a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes this summer as they were concerned about his adaptability to the Premier League, according to reports.

The Portugal international was strongly linked with a move to several teams in the English top-tier over the summer including United, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Fernandes was one of Sporting’s star players last campaign with founding back of the net 29 times and providing 17 assists, while he helped the team win the Portuguese Cup.

The midfielder also helped Portugal win the inaugural Nations League final earlier in the summer.

The 24-year-old was expected to depart from Sporting this summer, however, he is now set to remain for another season after failing to make a move to Premier League.

According to MailOnline, the Red Devils had extensively scouted Fernandes, however, concluded that he would not be a good fit for the system of that Norwegian head-coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to play at Old Trafford.

The report suggested that the 20-times English champions scouts had concerns over Fernandes’ decision-making and his pass completion rate of 75.1 per cent was ‘not good enough’.

The 20-times English champions failed to sign a new midfielder in the summer following the exit of Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, however, have held firm following Paul Pogba rumours over a possible move to Real Madrid.

Zidane had made the signing of Frenchman one of his priorities for the summer, however, the Los Blancos have been unable to put a financial package together that would tempt the Red Devils into selling.

The 20-times English champions, meanwhile, attempted to secure services of Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff but were left stunned by the 21-year-old’s £50 million price tag.