The Red Devils have already completed the signings of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka while spending £65m worth of money in the process.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still needs at least a couple more signings in this transfer window to help him through the next season and Bruno Fernandes has been identified as one of them.
The Gaffer is said to be a big fan of the 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder and he has ‘reportedly’ asked Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to complete the deal as soon as possible.
As per the reports, United did make a £31m bid for the midfielder, almost half of what Sporting are demanding for their star player and, well, we got rejected.
As per Journalist Nicolo Schira:
“Manchester United have offered to Sporting €35M (£31m) for Bruno Fernandes.
“Contacts ongoing, but Sporting want more. For him is ready a contract by €6M (£5.4) a year plus bonuses.”
“Sporting hope for an international auction for Bruno, but right now only United is moving decisively.
“The feeling is that United will eventually pay him more than 35 million, but they will not spend the 60-70 million he hoped to earn Sporting.”
Oh Ed! This is what happens when you spend £50m on a 21-year-old defender then try a low-ball bid for one of the best young players in Europe!
While no one is going pay the £65m Sporting are demanding for the Portuguese Star (unless some sort of bidding war starts in the next few weeks), it’s pretty certain that he won’t be leaving Primiera League for £31m either.
Hopefully, both the clubs can negotiate further and come to a middle ground. Maybe £45m-£50m sounds good?