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Cristiano Ronaldo tells Al-Nassr to sign Man Utd star

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly encouraged Al-Nassr to make a determined effort to acquire Bruno Fernandes, with the Saudi Pro League team ready to invest ‘whatever necessary’ to secure the signature of Manchester United’s captain.

Fernandes, who succeeded Harry Maguire as captain last summer, has enjoyed a prolific season, scoring 15 goals in 45 appearances and providing nine assists, marking his second most successful season in terms of goal-scoring for United.

Despite this, the 29-year-old midfielder has been the subject of scrutiny for his performances and leadership, particularly as Manchester United has had a notably challenging season both in domestic competitions and European tournaments.

Recently, Fernandes hinted at a potential departure from Old Trafford, suggesting he might contemplate leaving the Premier League after Portugal’s Euro 2024 campaign this summer, causing concern among fans.

Nevertheless, Erik ten Hag, United’s manager, has clarified that Fernandes’ remarks were misinterpreted and expresses confidence that the playmaker will remain with United for the upcoming season.

Saudi Arabian clubs, especially Al-Nassr, are keeping a close watch on Fernandes’ situation, with Ronaldo, who joined Al-Nassr in January 2023, advising the club to challenge United’s stance on his compatriot during the upcoming summer transfer period, as reported by The Daily Mirror.

Ronaldo, the illustrious forward, has had an impressive run at Al-Nassr, scoring 62 goals in 66 matches, and is currently the highest-paid footballer, earning a staggering £3.3 million weekly in Riyadh.

While Fernandes may not command a similar salary, Manchester United is likely concerned about the possibility of their captain being lured away by Al-Nassr’s significant financial resources, which have already attracted top players like Sadio Mane, Aymeric Laporte, and Marcelo Brozovic to leave European football.

Fernandes has reportedly sought clarity from Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS regarding their long-term plans for United, and the club appears to be calm about the situation.

Having transferred from Sporting to United in 2020 for £68 million, Fernandes has two years left on his contract at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Portuguese star has been absent from United’s recent defeats against Crystal Palace and Arsenal due to injury, but there is optimism he will recover in time to play against Newcastle tonight.

With the FA Cup final against reigning champions Manchester City approaching in just ten days, Ten Hag might consider protecting his captain to ensure his readiness for the crucial match.

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