Real Madrid and Barcelona in Battle to Sign Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes
Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked with a move for Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Real Madrid and Barcelona are reportedly ready to battle for Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes, just eight months after the Portugal international signed for the Red Devils. As reported by the Daily Mail who quote the Sun, both LaLiga clubs are eyeing Fernandes' progression after his £68million move from Sporting Lisbon.

The report goes on to claim that Fernandes was irked after being taken off during United's 1-6 loss to Tottenham and he may already find himself taking up a new challenge with his current side gripped in turmoil.

When asked why he had subbed the player, Solskjaer refused to explain.

He said: “There are many reasons behind subs in a game and if I explain every time I take a player off, I don’t think that’s the right thing. I explained to Bruno and he accepted it, no problem.”

Fernandes has scored 14 goals across all competitions since joining in January, and has undoubtedly made an impact at the club, on and off the pitch.

Responding to rumours he had a ‘bust-up’ with his team-mates at Old Trafford and manager Solskjaer, Fernandes said: "I’m only thankful for the manager because he was the one who wanted me and believed in me. The tactics he uses are perfect for me. I believe it is a way to destabilise the group. What was said is in no way true.

"It’s true the manager decided to take me off against Tottenham but he told me it was because the game was over and we have a lot more to go for. Of course I wasn’t happy about being substituted but I understood it. I didn’t speak out or say anything that could harm the team.

"If anyone wants to create disharmony at Manchester United don’t use my name or my teammates or manager. The mood is good and obviously we’re sad when we lose but now we have to respond in the next game."