Bruno Fernandes has revealed that he prefers Liverpool to Manchester City amid speculation that he could be set for a move to England.
The 24-year-old midfielder had an outstanding season for Sporting Lisbon, scoring 31 goals in 50 appearances, and Europe’s elite clubs are queueing up for his signature.
Reports suggest Manchester United are hopeful of completing a £62 million deal for Fernandes in the coming days, while Premier League champions City have also been linked with the sought-after Portugal international.
However, it appears Champions League winners Liverpool could have the edge in this summer’s transfer race, with Fernandes admitting that he’s an admirer of Jurgen Klopp’s ‘gegenpressing’ style of play.
‘I like Liverpool a lot more [than Man City]. It’s a more direct [style of play], more offensive, maybe less organised, but more intense football,’ he told Portuguese outlet Record.
‘City, without the ball, has the intensity of the eleven, and can in a moment of pressure put the [opposing] team in a corner and end up stealing the ball.
‘In Liverpool they are more individual players, especially in the midfield, usually playing three very aggressive players and recovering the ball.’
Former United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he’s been ‘surprised’ by the recent performances of Fernandes.
‘I was surprised by the season of Bruno Fernandes,’ Mourinho told Eleven Sports.
‘It was easy to predict quality, he is a very good player, but scored a very high number of goals for a midfield player.
‘It shows that you need to have instinct and qualities to score and he has it all.
‘He strikes the ball well, heads well, cool when he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He finds space in the penalty area. It’s all there.