The reliable Paul Hirst of the Times has this evening provided an update on Manchester United’s pursuit of Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes.
United eyeing reinforcements
Speculation surrounding the future of attacking midfielder Fernandes has been rampant this month.
On the back of widespread links to the Premier League last summer, the 25-year-old has again been hotly-tipped to make his way to England since the opening of the winter transfer window.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have been the club pushing hardest for Fernandes’ signature.
It has long been common knowledge that Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for attack-minded midfield reinforcements, amid Jesse Lingard’s struggles.
But, with first-choice targets James Maddison and Christian Eriksen looking unattainable, Solskjaer and co. have switched their attentions back to Fernandes.
To this point, however, despite reports of intense negotiations, an agreement with Sporting is yet to be found.
And, as outlined above, an update on the situation has this evening been forthcoming.
As per Paul Hirst of the Times, Fernandes has in fact agreed on the personal terms of a contract with United.
However, the problem remains the respective valuations of the two clubs.
Sporting are said to be hopeful of securing a fee between €70 million and €80 million for their talisman.
Manchester United, on the other hand, value Fernandes closer to the €60 million mark.
As such, negotiations are expected to drag on into next week.
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