Bruno Fernandes’ market value at Manchester United has skyrocketed in the year since he joined the club.
The midfielder has become an almost talismanic figure for United in the 12 months since his move from Sporting CP thanks to his incredible form for the club, which has seen him score 29 goals and provide 20 assists in 54 just matches.
Fernandes’ form has also seen his market value rise sharply following his £47.5m move to Old Trafford in January 2020.
According to Transfermarkt, United slightly overpaid for what Fernandes was worth at that stage, as he was valued at £43.2m a year ago.
Yet that value has almost doubled to £81m thanks to his sensational performances, which have helped lift Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side into the Premier League title race this season.
It is clear why United are keen on tying the Portuguese star down to a new contract at Old Trafford, with the club believing he has already outgrown the deal he agreed when he joined.
Off the pitch, Fernandes’ leadership skills have been plain to see, with the midfielder demanding his teammates reach a high level of performance in order to fulfil his desire of being able to challenge for trophies.
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Manchester United smashed nine goals past Southampton on Tuesday night as they bounced back from disappointing results against Sheffield United and Arsenal in emphatic fashion.
The game was effectively over as a contest inside the first two minutes as Southampton were reduced to 10 men, but United still had to find the goals and they did exactly that, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial (two), Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James all getting on the scoresheet.
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The 26-year-old is a token of how far United have come in the last 12 months, but Solskjaer has been adamant that the club are not reliant on Fernandes.
“Bruno has come in and helped the team, no doubt about that,” he said.
“Bruno came in at a time when we needed that type of player and he came into a team that makes his attributes and skills come to fruition.
“He’s come to a team that suits him and he suits the team. That goes hand in hand. If the players don’t run, Bruno can’t play his passes. If Bruno doesn’t play his passes then they can’t run.
“He’s part of a chain here and I’m sure that Bruno will say that he also appreciates his teammates and that they help him through games.”