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Manchester United ‘moving in to kill’ in Bruno Fernandes race; Spurs remaining in ‘constant’ contact in order to seal the deal – reports

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Manchester United are reportedly ‘moving in to kill‘ is the reports from Portugal are to be believed regarding the pursuit of Bruno Fernandes this summer. Sporting CP faces Benfica in the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira at the Estadio Algarve in Faro this evening, which is suggested to be the final match Fernandes will play for the Portuguese club.

A Bola has reported that United are preparing a bid for the 24-year-old and that the Old Trafford club wants to close the deal as soon as possible. The report in the Portuguese newspaper suggest the ‘big offer’ will be presented tomorrow (Monday 5 August 2019) and it should be enough to blow United’s competition for the player out of the water.

It was also stated that the offer will be something Sporting will not be able to turn down. It is worth remembering that Sporting wants to receive €70 million for their captain if he is to leave this summer. It was also stated in the Portuguese media that United were prioritising the signing of a defender first, with Harry Maguire close to completion.

Both United and Sporting have been in contact since much earlier in the year with United apparently giving word of their interest in the player, which is a suggestion as to why Tottenham Hotspur’s offer this week was rejected. The report states that on Monday, United will ‘arrive, see and win’ in the race for the talented midfielder.

A Bola suggests that United are willing to bid over €70 million in order to beat Spurs in the race for the 24-year-old. United are said to be aware of Sporting’s intent to have the player available for tonights Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira match against Benfica but after the game, the club wants to get things completed as quickly as possible.

The information from the report suggests that the player could travel to England as soon as Monday or Tuesday to complete the transfer process. Fernandes is rumoured to be a priority for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and ‘everything indicates’ that this will be a farewell for the player this evening, playing his final match for Sporting.

A report in Correio da Manhã also suggested that United should be in contact with a ‘firm’ offer on Monday to seal the deal. All this sounds well and good but there is the speculation that suggests Spurs are leading the race to sign the midfielder this summer. O Jogo suggests that the club is in constant contact in a bid to win the race for the player.

It is stated that Jorge Mendes is acting as an intermediary between the two clubs and that he is doing his best to ensure the 24-year-old becomes a Spurs player. The North London club has a €45 million offer on the table with a further €15 million in bonuses, which does not meet the €70 million Sporting wants to receive for the player this summer.

It is also stated that Spurs seem open to raising their bid. It is even suggested that this could come on Monday too. Record seems to back the claims of O Jogo but both also state that Manchester United could change things in the coming days and we should wait and see what happens. Obviously, things seem to be developing in this saga.

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