Bruno Fernandes reportedly declined an opportunity to switch from Old Trafford and the Premier League to the Saudi Pro League in January.
Despite numerous high-profile transfers to the oil-rich Gulf nation in the summer, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Karim Benzema, and Sadio Mane, the winter transfer window brought further speculation about player moves.
Casemiro and Raphael Varane, key players for Manchester United, were among those linked with moves, and Fernandes was also rumored to be a target for Saudi clubs.
According to Portuguese outlet Record, Al Hilal, one of the Saudi Pro League’s prominent teams controlled by the country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which also holds the majority ownership of Newcastle, presented an “astronomical offer” to Fernandes.
However, the proposal was turned down, with Fernandes expressing the belief that he still has unaccomplished goals in top-tier European football, having not yet won a league title or continental trophy in his career.
Fernandes seems happy at United despite Saudi offers
Despite Bruno Fernandes rejecting the reported “astronomical offer” from Al Hilal in the January transfer window, the Saudi club, known for having players like Neymar, Ruben Neves, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Kalidou Kouliably, Yassine Bounou, and Malcom, remains undeterred.
It is suggested that Al Hilal will make another attempt to sign Fernandes in the upcoming summer transfer window. Currently leading the Pro League by a significant margin, Al Hilal is determined to bolster its squad further.
While Jorge Jesus, Fernandes’ former Sporting CP boss, is the head coach, the prospect of reuniting with him does not currently entice Fernandes.
Having been appointed as Manchester United’s captain last summer, Fernandes is under contract at Old Trafford until 2026, with an option for an additional year.
In reference to Saudi Pro League rumours during the first half of the season, he told Portuguese media while on international duty: “I’m happy where I am.”