Sporting Lisbon boss Silas has given Bruno Fernandes a glowing review as he prepares to complete a move to Manchester United.
Silas confirmed Fernandes is set to play for Sporting in their local derby with Benfica on Friday night in what looks likely to be a farewell appearance.
He is expected at Anfield on Sunday to watch Manchester United take on Liverpool before putting pen to paper on a long-term deal which is believed to have already been agreed.
The Red Devils could splash up to £60million to land Fernandes – but Silas insists he is worth a lot more.
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And despite the Portugal international being known for his playmaking abilities, he has praised his defensive impact.
"He is the most valuable player in the league and last year he was," Silas said, via A Bola .
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"I've heard some people talk about money. He isn't worth the numbers they refer to, but he's worth a lot more.
"In addition to attacking, he kills himself to defend. There is no player doing what he does in Portugal and there was nobody last year either.
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"When we have such a player, it is normal for a lot of people to want them. Only if there is a catastrophe will there not be.
"In Portugal there are good players, but to replace Bruno we need three.
"I don't know if we are going to get some dynamics, there is no player who can replace him."
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Once they land Fernandes, United could turn their attentions to French box to box midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
Soumare, 20, is also wanted by Chelsea whilst Arsenal have dropped out of the race.
But the Red Devils face an anxious wait until January 26 to find out his decision on where his future lies as Lille resist selling until after they have played Paris Saint-Germain.
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