Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth says it will still take some time before Bruno Fernandes arrives at Manchester United.
Sporting Lisbon midfielder Fernandes has emerged as one of the top transfer targets for the Red Devils this January. Sky Sports previously reported that the Portuguese midfielder was desperate to join Manchester United, however, the deal is stuck right now because of a couple of reasons.
Sporting wanted to re-sign United defender Marcos Rojo as part of the deal but Sheth says they have moved on from the Argentine because he is too expensive. The Liga NOS club are now taking their time looking at other United players they may want to sign.
And, as Sheth says, Sporting also want to keep Fernandes for the huge clash against rivals Benfica on Friday. That would, therefore, prevent the 25-year-old joining United in time for Sunday’s match at Liverpool.
There has been talks now of the potential of United players moving the other way as part of that deal,” Sheth said.
“The reports coming out of Portugal claim that Sporting Lisbon want to re-sign Marcos Rojo as part of that deal.
“United would be prepared to sell Rojo, they almost signed him to Everton in the summer, it’s though he’d be too expensive for Sporting Lisbon. They’ve got a few financial difficulties as it is.
“As a result, Sporting are actually exploring the potential of other players at Manchester United as being part of the deal.
“Loaning Andreas Pereira, that was being mooted, but we’ve since been told he would not be part of any negotiation with regard to Bruno Fernandes.
“Another name being mentioned is Angel Gomes, he has dual English and Portuguese citizenship and his contract at United expires in the summer.
“One other interesting side note to this potential deal is Sporting do not want to do business, ideally, with Bruno Fernandes before Friday.
“Because Bruno Fernandes is expected to play in the big game in Portugal, Sporting Lisbon against Benfica.”
Meanwhile, former England striker Darren Bent says credit must go to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if a deal for Fernandes is completed.