Contrary to the reports which emerged yesterday in the media via Sky Sports, Manchester United seem to be making some sort of progress in their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes. The new reports from Portugal suggest that even though both clubs are far from reaching any settlement over the final price, they appear to have come to an agreement over bonuses.
Ed Woodward might be trying to take some advantage of Sporting’s desperate financial situation, however, he must understand that with almost every midfielder injured, things aren’t too rosy for Manchester United either. A deal that will see the in-form midfield maestro move to the Old Trafford as early as possible would be beneficial for the Red Devils as well.
Fernandes would be a welcome addition and Solskjaer is a fan. But striking a deal with Sporting has proven tricky.
Portuguese outlet Correio da Manha says the two clubs can’t agree on a ‘base’ price for Fernandes. United don’t want to pay more than €50m (£42m) upfront for the player, but Sporting want €60m to €70m (£50.6m to £59m).
Correio suggest one thing has been agreed between the two, though. That’s how much in ‘add-ons’ would be paid should Fernandes be a success at Old Trafford.
Both are said to be happy on a fee of €10m (£8.4m), which would be payable based on United winning the Premier League or Champions League during his time in Manchester.
In the meantime, with Marcus Rashford injured, Manchester United are also being linked with a host of striking options.