Bruno Fernandes: Premier League always my preference

Sporting CP captain Bruno Fernandes gave an insight into his future, with Manchester United reportedly poised to sign the midfielder.

Bruno Fernandes – heavily linked to struggling Premier League giant United this month and in the previous transfer window – is reportedly set to travel to Manchester on Wednesday.

Bruno Fernandes – heavily linked to struggling Premier League giant United this month and in the previous transfer window – is reportedly set to travel to Manchester on Wednesday.   -  Getty Images

Bruno Fernandes said moving to the Premier League has "always" been his preference after Manchester United reportedly struck a deal to sign the Sporting CP captain.

One of football's most drawn-out transfer sagas is believed to be reaching its conclusion, with Fernandes poised to swap Sporting for United in a deal initially worth £47million (€55m) plus add-ons ahead of Friday's deadline.

Fernandes – heavily linked to struggling Premier League giant United this month and in the previous transfer window – is reportedly set to travel to Manchester on Wednesday.

Asked if the Premier League was his preference following reports of a possible move to either La Liga champion Barcelona or Valencia, Fernandes told SIC: "It always was."

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Pressed on whether United was his specific preference, the Portugal international midfielder replied: "Anything really."

Fernandes, linked to Tottenham and Real Madrid previously, has scored 15 goals in all competitions for Sporting this season.

The 25-year-old netted 31 goals last term, including 20 in Primeira Liga.

United, meanwhile, faces Manchester City in the second leg of its EFL Cup semifinal – trailing 3-1.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils then play Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday before their mid-season break.