Manchester United tipped to move for Bruno Fernandes, English media suggest no interest in the player; Spurs stalling – reports


The Bruno Fernandes saga took a twist over the weekend with credible journalists claiming that the player was not even on the radar of Manchester United, despite the Portuguese media suggesting United was the main club interested in the 24-year-old. United supporters desperately want Fernandes to be signed by the club. Wishful thinking, maybe?

Simon Stone of the BBC stated on Twitter that he ‘had not been given any indication by anyone at United that Fernandes was a live candidate this summer’. Maybe Fernandes is not on the clubs radar or perhaps they have tried to keep their interest in the player secret. In Portugal, Record state that United had a representative at the 5-0 defeat by Benfica.

O Jogo suggests in their Monday edition that Tottenham Hotspur has refused so go higher than €60 million, even with bonuses for Fernandes this summer, also suggesting their interest in Giovani Lo Celso and that Spurs will go for the deal that best suits them. To me, this suggests that Spurs are not going all out for Fernandes, which was suggested last week.

In the report, it stated that Sporting believe that United ‘will make an attack today’ to sign Fernandes. With just over three days of the transfer window in England left, if this offer which Miguel Pinho has been linked to for some time does not materialise, it would seem that all this speculation has been nothing but lies and that Fernandes is not wanted.

Super agent Jorge Mendes has been involved in this saga for the past week or so but it sill seems, according to Sport Witness, that Pinho is out of his depth in trying to get his player to the Premier League. United may well have briefed the media that they are not interested in Fernandes, or as Stone put it, nobody has told him that they are.

O Jogo also report that Spurs are ‘not forthcoming’ with a bid of €60 million plus, despite Sporting wanting €70 million for Fernandes. It is also suggested that their efforts have stalled, also the forms of payment were different with Spurs wanting to spread the payments out over time, still allowing Sporting to claim the high fee for the player.

Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has suggested on Twitter that Real Madrid asked for information on Fernandes last Saturday but that United were still in the running for the Portuguese midfielder this summer. He also suggested that United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward will try to close the deal with Sporting tonight.

It leaves you in a position that you don’t feel you can believe anything in this saga any more. For months, it was only a matter of time before Fernandes became a United player. The inclusion of Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and now Real Madrid seem to be something to add juice to the rumours. Perhaps none of the clubs are interested in Fernandes?

It could turn out that this entire saga was dreamt up by the Portuguese media in order to get attention for the player this summer. Fernandes has received a lot of attention but it a matter of time it will be seen whether the attention he has received will be enough to take him to the Premier League this summer. Right now, it is all up in the air.

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