Sporting will be ready to sell Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United for a dropped price of 70 million Euros (£59.4 million), which is far less than £85 million that they were expecting before as release clause.
We reported yesterday that Manchester United have submitted their interest in the midfielder yet again this January, however, they have refused to pay the release clause for the player as it seemed bit unreasonable.
However, reports published by O Jogo claim that Sporting are ready to sell the player for a better price provided Manchester United pay everything upfront.
It is understood that Bruno Fernandes is ready for a move, however, he is in no hurry and is relaxed about his future after signing a contract extension with the Portuguese club.
It will be interesting to see how Manchester United react though. Ideally, United should simply pay up. £59.4 million is very reasonable especially bearing in mind his £85 million release clause is much higher.
But for United to make an offer, the club would have to admit they were wrong. The Mail reported United decided against a move due to concerns that Bruno Fernandes gives the ball away too much.
There were stages last summer where a possible move looked much more likely than it does now, and nothing materialised.
While these reports are encouraging, our message would be ‘don’t get your hopes up’. What do you think?