Manchester United offers €70 million and one player for Bruno Fernandes

Ross Houston
January 14, 2020

Manchester United have reportedly moved one step closer to signing Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, having found the breakthrough in the contract terms with the midfielder.

While United have looked at other options for a new creative attacking midfielder, Portugal worldwide Fernandes is now the only player they are discussing a potential transfer for.

The two clubs' negotiations are stuttering over their respective valuations of Fernandes, with Sporting now wanting a transfer fee of £64million, paid up front.

The Portuguese outlet suggests that United are ready to meet Sporting's £65m asking price by agreeing to pay £55m up front with a further £10m coming in additional add-ons.

Reports in Portugal claim Sporting want United defender Marcos Rojo included in the deal.

Manchester United also offered other players, but Sporting Lisbon appear to be more interested in the Brazil midfielder.

Talks are likely to continue over the coming days as the two sides attempt to thrash out a deal, the Red Devils keen to bolster their squad ahead of a push towards the top four, Solskjaer's side now five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure Champions League qualification.

But there have been question marks over whether the United academy graduate is of the calibre to play for the first team as Solskjaer continues his rebuilding operation.

The Red Devils tried to sign the player during the summer transfer window but eventually failed to get their hands on the 23-year-old and it looks like Solskjaer is adamant to try again this month. Sporting have a derby against Benfica to be played at home on Friday, so that would sound like the ideal farewell for him.

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