Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly hesitant to sanction a deal for Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The 24-year-old has caught the eye of both Manchester outfits, after enjoying a stellar campaign in the Primera Liga.
However, it is now reported by Portuguese outlet O Jogo that Ed Woodward is hesitant to sanction a deal for Fernandes who is valued at around £70m.
Woodward has faced a lot slack for completing multiple mega-million transfers which turned out to be disasters in end, Angel Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez being prime examples and hence his reluctance to go through with the idea of landing Fernandes.
Reports earlier this week suggested that Fernandes’s representatives were in London to discuss a potential deal with all interested parties.
The midfielder revealed his desire to play in England when asked about his future plans last month.
“I always said that I came back to Sporting because they have ambitions like the ones I have,” Fernandes told Diario de Noticias.
“I said that I would leave Sporting once my ambitions were greater than those of the club, but they are not at the moment. The ambition to be national champion is still here and so I have no reason to leave.
“Obviously if an irrefutable proposal for me arrives, and it’s good for the club, let’s get together and decide together.
“I always said that I was an ambitious player and from a very early age I have a dream of playing in England, where you can live pure football without big controversy, without big cases.
“Now, any of the other leagues, Germany, Spain and Italy are also very good and ambitious.
“But as I said I’m good at Sporting and now I’m focused on the cup.
“Then I want to make a good pre-season and if anything comes up I’m available to do what is best for the club.”