Bruno Fernandes claims ‘differing’ in the Portuguese media – still lots to be done to secure Manchester United transfer this summer


Manchester United transfer target Bruno Fernandes travelled to Switzerland with Sporting CP over the weekend, which has led to more reports coming out of Portugal on Monday. Some are suggesting that the 24-year-old could once again be staying at the club this summer. A Bola has reported that if Sporting does not receive €70 million for the player, he will renew his contract at the club.

Sport Witness suggest that the intention, by the Portuguese club, is to make him the best paid player in the team, also cancelling the clause in his current contract which states that if a bid of €35 million or more is received, the club must pay the player €5 million. This type of clause could have been very costly for the club if an official offer had been made for the player this summer.

Correio da Manhã has printed a story about United’s pursuit of the player. On Saturday, it was apparently claimed that Fernandes had spoken to his agent, Miguel Pinto, who had been in England, and he wanted to know about the apparent offers from United and Tottenham Hotspur. In United’s case, it is suggested that they are waiting on the departure of Paul Pogba, who left with the squad on their flight to Australia on Sunday.

It is also stated that United will only bid €55 million for Fernandes this summer, which is €15 million short of the fee that Sporting would like to receive for the 24-year-old, so there would be some negotiation to be done in that respect, which all said and done, should have ben done ahead of time, which is something the Portuguese media had been reporting for the last six weeks now.

As each day passes, it seems that the Bruno Fernandes saga is the same as the sagas involving Wesley Sneijder, Nicolas Gaitan and many others who had been linked to the club and not actually targeted by the club. That is only my opinion on this transfer saga, as it is there way it seems right now. However, with the situation involving Pogba, there could be something in it.

I would personally prefer United replacing Pogba before they sold him. Otherwise, the desperation of replacing the Frenchman could see the eventual transfer fee of the player coming in to replacing him, being much higher. For this reason, United will need to get a player through the door before allowing Pogba to leave for Real Madrid, Juventus or wherever.

There has been many differing reports coming from Portugal, one last week suggesting that Sporting would make a decision on the player on Sunday, which is just another deadline which seems to have passed with nothing actually happening. There seems to be a hell of a lot of guess work going on here, which is just resulting in more click bait being passed around from newspaper to newspaper, which is not right.

The Mirror has put their own spin on the reports from Portugal and they state that the player is very much interested in a move to United this summer. United seems to have a lot of work to do this summer in order to fully back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who may not be fully happy with the squad he has heading into pre-season. Two players involved want to leave the club this summer; Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba.

Whether United make any more signings remains to be seen. There are currently reports linking United to Bruno Fernandes, Sean Longstaff, Harry Maguire and many more in the world of football. One thing is for sure, this team needs strengthening, not weakening. If the likes of Ander Herrera (who left at the end of the season), Pogba and Lukaku are allowed to leave without replacements coming in, the team will be much weaker for the start of the new season. A dangerous and frugal gamble.

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