Manchester United learn willingness of Sporting Lisbon in Bruno Fernandes deal

Manchester United learn willingness of Sporting Lisbon in Bruno Fernandes deal

Manchester United were the most heavily linked suitors, but a summer move eventually failed to materialise.

Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes this month, sources have told ESPN FC.

Sporting are said to have rebuffed United's initial offer of a player-plus-cash deal, with Marcos Rojo, Joel Pereira or Angel Gomes going the other way.

Bruno Fernandes is valued at nearly 65 million euros but United hope to sign him for a lower fee by including one of their players in the deal.

"United is a club that Bruno Fernandes really likes in England, it's a club that he really wants to play for".

Fernandes, who scored 31 goals last season, has 15 from 24 appearances for Sporting this term, with Tottenham also interested in signing him.

For the latest updates on the ongoing transfer saga, watch this space.

According to Portuguese sports daily O Jogo, the two clubs are now defining the structure of a deal and modes of payment that could see the midfielder move to Manchester United this month.

Certain reports had also indicated that Manchester United were willing to sweeten the pot by offering a player on loan.

Speaking after the victory at Setubal, he said: "I can't guarantee any of these things because I don't know".

On Saturday, Solskjaer was asked whether he's been honest enough when discussing transfers with Ed Woodward, he responded: "Of course I am. I hope it doesn't happen but in Portugal, unfortunately we can not hold on to our best players for very long and he is the best player in the league", Sporting coach Silas said recently.

"Well, it could happen, it couldn't happen, it depends on whether we find one for the right value, but the background is there".

"We've got to do due diligence - that's character of players, quality of players and right fit into this squad".

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