Inter received a boost in their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes today after Manchester City denied they were interested in the player.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported City’s neighbours Manchester United are currently the club closest to securing the 24-year-old, who could also attract interest from Tottenham if they sell Christian Eriksen.
Inter were rumoured to have offered the Primeira Liga side a swap deal with Joao Mario – whom Sporting are known to want to resign – and will be pleased to hear City withdrawing from the race after being heavily linked last month.
“Manchester City have never been interested in the player,” a source close to the club told A Bola.
“They have not made any offer for him and they do not intend to do so either.”
Fernandes scored 32 goals and provided 18 assists for Sporting during the 2018-19 season, including three goals and two assists in the UEFA Europa League.
He has also made 11 appearances for the Portuguese national team since making his senior debut back in November 2017, scoring once in a 1-1 friendly draw against the United States.