Manchester United are ready to go toe to toe with arch-rivals Manchester City for the signature of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is in the market for at least one midfielder with Ander Hererra almost certain to leave Old Trafford for Paris Saint Germain at the end of the campaign.
Fernandes who has been a revelation this season has scored 31 goals in 50 appearances for Sporting Lisbon from the midfield.
United have shown a keen interest in the Portuguese but will have to fend off close competitions from neighbours Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s men have been heavily linked with Fernandes but The Cityzens are said to refrain from any transfer business till the FA Cup final on the 18th of May.
Man City have an upper hand in the transfer tussle as reports in Portugal have claimed that Sporting would be willing to accept City players Marlos Moreno and Douglas Luiz as a part of any potential deal.
Midfield is one of the key areas where Ole Gunnar Solksjaer seeks improvement and Fernandes could be the ideal addition to the Norwegian’s arsenal.
Acquiring the 24-year-old also becomes ever so critical for the Red Devils as their current playmaker Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford is in doubt amid strong interest from Real Madrid and his departure could leave a deep gaping hole in United’s attack that someone only gifted as the likes of Fernandes could fill.
According to sources, Ed Woodward has promised the Man United manager £100m for at least one marquee signing which is exactly the amount that Sporting seek for Fernandes’ signature.