Manchester United has ‘agreement in principle’ for Bruno Fernandes; player to play his final game on Sunday – reports

Manchester United have an ‘agreement in principle’ for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to reports in Portugal. Correio de Manha, via Sport Witness, reporting that both clubs and the player have reached an agreement for the transfer to finally move after months of speculation. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen.

On Sunday, Sporting will face Benfica in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira and the Lisbon club want the 24-year-old to be available for the match in a bid to beat their league rivals in the first competitive match of the Portuguese season. It might be a big risk though, especially if the player suffers from an injury, which could all but end any transfer from being completed.

It has been suggested that this match would be Fernandes’ final game in a Sporting shirt and that he would captain the club, the start of an emotional farewell. It was reported, albeit in England, not Portugal, that the player broke down after the pre-season friendly against Valencia at the weekend but that has been dismissed in Portugal.

The midfielder was subbed off in that match and was apparently ‘visibly upset’ in what could have been his final game for the club. However, it was suggested that he was ‘hot and sweaty’ rather than upset – which looking at the weather at the time, could have been plausible. This match was likely to be his last at the José Alvalade Stadium.

Sporting will face Benfica at the Estádio Algarve in Faro on Sunday with the match kicking off at 20:45 BST. It will be a match that United supporters and journalists will be watching, waiting and hoping for something to be announced either before, during or after the match. With the summer transfer window closing in a week, something needs to happen quickly for this to be completed, if it ever will be.

Fernandes would be a good addition to this United squad, especially in the fact that he’s a fast midfielder, able to create and score goals for his club. Last season, he was responsible for 50 goals; scoring 32 and assisting 18. If he could score 15-20 and assist 10-12 for United, he would be considered a success. United had problems creating and scoring goals last season, something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to address during the summer transfer window.

Fernandes has had a pretty eventful summer, ending the season well with Sporting, then going straight into international duty with Portugal in the UEFA Nations League, which they won. He then has a break away from football and the speculation since then has been pretty rife, linking the player to Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and United.

United are the main team being linked with the player but Spurs seem to be quiet at this moment in time and should not be ruled out from a last-minute offer. However, Sporting will be seeking upwards of €70 million for Fernandes this summer, with United and even Spurs unwilling to pay that much for a player with little UEFA Champions League experience.

Obviously, United need to strengthen in a number of positions this summer, already signing Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who have both shone during the pre-season campaign. United are currently linked with Fernandes, Paulo Dybala, and Harry Maguire but there could be a race against time in order to get all three players signed, if that is what United are trying to do.

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