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Jorge Mendes trying to convince Manchester United to sign Bruno Fernandes – reports

This summer has been one of the worst for speculation. Bruno Fernandes has been linked to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur for the last six weeks or so with suggestions in the Portuguese media making out that United were the front runners for the player’s signature this summer. Over the last week or so, Spurs had been that front-running team.

As the transfer window for Premier League team closes at 5 pm today, there is a massive chance that the 24-year-old will not get the transfer that he ‘reportedly’ desires. Apparently, Spurs put in a final bid for the player, which was rejected. Sporting seems to want €70 million to let the player leave this summer, a figure that is unlikely to get at all.

In Portugal the media don’t seem as confident as they once were; perhaps down to the fact that this all seems to have been clickbait. Record suggest that Sporting president Frederico Varandas ‘resists until the end’ whilst O Jogo report that the player is at a ‘deadend’. A Bola suggests that today is ‘D-Day’ and Correio da Manhã suggesting that ‘only Jorge Mendes can sell Bruno’.

Correio da Manhã and O Jogo both suggest that Spurs’ last offer for Fernandes was €45 million with €25 million in add ons, which obviously adds up to €70 million, the figure Sporting wanted this summer, however, it is clear that they wanted all the money upfront. Perhaps after a summer of intense speculation and only one club actually making an offer should suggest that the player was not as popular as the speculation.

Correio da Manhã has suggested that Mendes is still in Manchester with an aim to ‘unblock the transfer’. Both Mendes and Fernandes’ agent, Miguel Pinho has been working together to ‘accelerate’ and ‘convince’ United to make a bid for the 24-year-old, a player who the supporters of the club have now started to demand with a hashtag on Twitter.

It is also suggested that Spurs are now no longer interested in Fernandes, instead, finding an agreement to sign Giovanni Lo Celso from Real Betis, with the player reportedly in London to undergo a medical and complete his transfer before the deadline later today. Perhaps Spurs entering the race for Fernandes was just to secure Lo Celso this summer?

With the Premier League transfer window a matter of hours from closing, it is suggested that Real Madrid could sign Fernandes this summer, possibly even clubs from Italy could be interested in making a move for the 24-year-old. However, I would doubt that a €70 million fee is something Sporting would get for the player this summer though.

I guess it has been a summer of speculation for United supporters and a summer which has set the cat amongst the pigeons in terms of who to trust with transfer news. Of course, the Twitter ITKs, who have been suggesting that Fernandes to United was a done deal months ago, started to find their excuses for the deal not materialising.

People are even having a go at Gianluca Di Marzio, who tweeted a rumour from CalcioMercato which suggested Fernandes was ‘hours away’ from a transfer to United. This obviously came from the Portuguese media with the Italian media carrying the reports also. I guess United supporters were convinced of this deal and now they need someone to blame.

If so, point your fingers in the direction of A Bola, O Jogo, Record and Correio da Manhã first of all, then to Miguel Pinho and Frederico Varandas, who have both been posturing the (no) deal this summer. I guess that people still believe the media when in fact, for a number of years, reliability seems to be blocked by the want of money over being informative.

Bruno Fernandes speculation rumbling on; former Sporting captain speaks of transfer like it has been concluded – reports

Manchester United and Bruno Fernandes are two names that have been linked together all summer, despite certain things aiming to cool the links between the two. However, that does not seem to have worked and the speculation is continuing, which is starting to become mundane. United need a player like Fernandes but journalists suggest it’s not happening.

The Premier League transfer window will slam shut at 5 pm on Thursday 8 August 2019, meaning that the clubs in that league will have to make do with what they have, at least until January 2020. United has signed Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Harry Maguire this summer but more strengthening is required to overturn the failure that was last season.

The speculation linking Fernandes to an exit from Sporting was rife in Portugal once again on Tuesday with former captain of the club, Manuel Fernandes speaking to Sport TV, seemingly aiming to ‘encourage’ the 24-year-old to make a move to the Premier League, more directly mentioning Manchester United. This is where the fun starts.

The quotes seem to differ depending on which source you read with A Bola saying something completely different to Rádio Renascença, which might suggest one of them is feeling playful, aiming to change the course of history. The basis of the quote remains the same though. The former Sporting captain was quoted by A Bola as saying:

“Bruno Fernandes deserves everything. He has been with Sporting for two years, he has done an extraordinary job. I don’t know whether or not it’s true that he is going to Manchester United, but for him to leave it must be for a European colossus. Bruno deserves it.”

However, Rádio Renascença’s interpretation differed with a suggestion that the move to United might actually be done. Whether A Bola has played down what the former captain of the club has said or whether Rádio Renascença has changed things slightly to get more attention, is as of yet unknown so you might want to take things with a pinch of salt.

“Bruno deserves everything, he’s excited the fans in these two years. He has done a great job, Manchester are a great club and he deserves a great club, a European colossus.”

Personally, I would suggest the former, A Bola have relayed the correct quote with the latter being worded in a way which would see the speculation continue, rather that fizzle out. There has been a lot said in Portugal this summer, seemingly nothing reported being remotely true, based on the fact nothing seems to be developing right now.

It has been widely reported that Sporting are seeking €70 million for Fernandes this summer, a price which clubs do not seem all that willing to pay. The former captain of the club covered the price tag on Sport TV suggesting that he thought it was right for the club to wait and ensure they get a good fee for the player. Manuel Fernandes said:

“I think he’s worth it. Varandas did well to wait and not sell for any price. He waited for the 70 million he wanted so badly, and it couldn’t be otherwise.”

Sport Witness suggest that the way Manuel Fernandes was speaking about Bruno Fernandes, it suggested he was speaking as if the transfer had been concluded already, which once again could be something or nothing. The former Sporting captain also suggested that the 24-year-old was ‘showing signs of discomfort’ with the situation, commenting on why he did not do so well in the 5-0 defeat to Benfica on Sunday. He said:

“I think in the game against Benfica it already noticed, because in that first half, the Bruno I know would have scored two goals. I believe there was some disturbance there. But while he was with us he’s always been an exemplary professional.”

Whatever happens in this saga, it has certainly kept us entertained during the summer. The amount of speculation was unbelievable with claims made and nothing happening, so far at least. Whether Fernandes signs for United, Tottenham Hotspur, heads somewhere else or remains at Sporting this summer remains to be seen. There is still time for United to show the things they can do in the transfer market.

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.

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

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.

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.

Bruno Fernandes saga still running. Suggestions of ‘goodbye’ and player suggesting transfer ‘edging closer’. Very Sneijder-esque!

The Bruno Fernandes saga is becoming a bore-fest this summer. For months now, the 24-year-old has been linked to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool and Manchester City were once said to be interested, the latter briefing journalists that their interest was not quite as big as was suggested. Claims have been made, none of them materialising.

On Sunday, Fernandes played what could have been his final match for the club – a friendly against Valencia. Despite no speculation coming from this in Portugal, the English media made a big deal of the supposed tears after the game, maybe being a farewell. On Tuesday, the Portuguese media once again started to speculate, something that has never come to fruition in the months before.

A Bola carried a headline on their front page suggesting that ‘it smells like farewell’ with a further headline inside stating ‘the hour of goodbye’. The article, however, suggested that any possible departure would not be imminent. Maybe the Portuguese media are now trying to sell a dead horse? They have certainly flogged this one to a point where interest is dwindling. Perhaps no clubs are interested in the player anymore?

Again, it is stated that Fernandes’ agent, Miguel Pinho is ‘likely’ to put forward this apparent offer from Manchester United ‘in the coming hours’, which has reportedly been coming for months now. However, nothing has actually developed in that part of the story, so this might just be repetition of that rumour from months ago. Perhaps Fernandes will end up playing in a United side in a different dimension like Wesley Sneijder, Nico Gaitan, and Medhi Benatia – and many others over the decades.

When a term such as ‘in the coming hours’ is mentioned, personally, it makes me think that this is nothing but guess work, not something anyone has any knowledge of. This seems to have been a play in the Portuguese media with now actual ending other than the player either being sold to a much smaller team that he has been linked to, or signing a new long-term contract at Sporting CP.

There is a claim in the media that Fernandes has told his ‘close friends’ about the possibility of a transfer which is ‘edging closer’. It would need to be close as if it were United that was the club he was going to transfer to, he has less than ten days for it to happen. However, it is also stated that Sporting want Fernandes for a friendly on Sunday which will be played at the Estádio Algarve against Benfica.

It is still suggested that Sporting wants to receive €70 million for the 24-year-old, something they are not likely to get from United or Spurs, who may have been written out of the stories recently but may still be in the running for the player – especially if Christian Eriksen leaves the club this summer. It all seems a bit unbelievable to be honest. This entire saga suggests that the media have become obsessed with these rumours where in real life, nothing could be happening.

However, if clubs are waiting until closer to the transfer deadline next Thursday to make an offer, in the hope of getting a bargain, they may find out that time has run too close and might be quoted a massive fee to conduct business so late in the transfer window. With United still needing to strengthen certain positions in the team, not to add the speculation surrounding Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, which may need more business to be completed in time for the season to start in just under a fortnight’s time.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still needs a central defender, at least one central midfielder, and a right-winger. If Pogba and Lukaku both end up leaving, whether it is before the deadline for Premier League clubs to buy, or later in the window, the club will need to think ahead and get everything done for their replacements or they will head into the season with a severely weakened squad, rather than strengthening the squad, which is what is needed this summer.

Bruno Fernandes ready for Manchester United medical as transfer nears; player wanted for number ten position – reports

Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes is reportedly ready to fly to Manchester and have a medical ahead of a transfer to Manchester United, according to reports. The prospective transfer of the 24-year-old has turned into a saga throughout the summer transfer window with speculation suggesting it would soon be completed numerous times.

It has been stated that United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the Portuguese midfield, who is rated at £62 million by Sporting, as a key transfer target in a bid to rejuvenate the midfield at the club. It is also suggested that the Norwegian is also interested in signing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio this summer.

Correiro Dello Sport in Italy has suggested that a fee for Fernandes has now been agreed and that the transfer is expected to run smoothly. Fernandes left Portugal for New York ahead of a pre-season match against Liverpool at the Yankee Stadium on Wednesday evening (early hours of Thursday in England), scoring a stunning opening goal.

Last season, the 24-year-old scored a total of 32 goals, adding 18 assists, giving him involvement in a total of 50 goals, which will be considered a great season for the midfielder. This news comes days after United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward missed the pre-season tour, hopefully, to finalise transfers and not leave another manager hanging.

In recent weeks, it has been suggested by the media in Portugal that Solskjaer wants to secure a defensive signing first of all before moving for any other players this summer. This speculation seems to be similar to the progress to make signings this summer with Solskjaer signing Daniel James before moving for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

It has been preempted in the Portuguese media that Solskjaer wants Fernandes to play in the number ten position in the squad, should these reports actually result in the Portuguese midfielder moving to the Theatre of Dreams this summer. This could bring out the best of the player, also give the United forwards something creative behind that, which has been lacking recently.

Bruno Fernandes wants to ‘play in England’ as Sporting president sets his price for the midfielder…

Bruno Fernandes has expressed his interest to play in England. On Monday evening, the 24-year-old and his Sporting CP teammates left Lisbon for New York ahead of the clubs pre-season friendly against Liverpool at the Yankee Stadium. Manchester United have been linked to the midfielder all summer and it could start hotting up now.

There have been many rumours coming out of Portugal linking Fernandes to United this summer, from an €80 million offer, which was seemingly not the case based on the reports which followed, to suggestions that things are getting closer to being completed. Of course, nothing has happened in months, which gives me suspicion.

Fernandes’ agent, Miguel Pinho has been travelling between Portugal and England a lot recently, according to reports, something that has added many a laugh about the saga, which is what this has become. Earlier on Monday, it was reported that Sporting president, Frederico Varandas was ambushed by the media on his way to New York. He told RTP, reported by Sport Witness:

“I don’t know if there are many or if there are few [interested clubs]. What I know, a lot has been spoken of values, coming to the press, €55 million, €62 million, for that he doesn’t leave, for sure.”

Later on Monday, A Bola did the same to Fernandes, who was heading to catch the flight to New York ahead of the Liverpool match on Thursday. It was then that he announced his interest in playing in England, presumably the Premier League. He also said something which seems to be taken in the wrong way. Fernandes actually said:

“The president decides that, not me. I don’t care about the market, I’ve talked about this many times. The only thing I can do now is catch the plane so I don’t miss it. 

“Will this be the last match for Sporting? I don’t know, it’s the coach who decides. I told you I’d like to play in England, but that’s not what interests me. It may be when the club decides.”

Sport Witness state that when Fernandes stated ‘that’s not what interests me’, he is actually talking about his concentration on the task in hand; pre-season. He wants to remain committed to the club and the club’s supporters and give his all before any sale is concluded – which is the professional thing any player should be doing.

It could be that this saga is hotting up, which is something Sport Witness states based on Varandas talking about ‘supposed offers’ and ‘setting his price stance’ but also Fernandes himself who has seemingly made it clear that he favours a move to England this summer. Something could be about to happen at a time where interest in this deal is wearing a bit thin.

Sporting CP manager seeking replacement for Bruno Fernandes suggesting transfer is impending – reports

Sporting CP manager Marcel Keizer has apparently dropped a hint that Bruno Fernandes could leave the club this month, according to reports. It has been stated by Portuguese newspaper, O Jogo that Keizer has been looking at replacements for the 24-year-old who has been linked to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur throughout the summer.

Despite reports for a number of months stating that things seem to be imminent, United and Spurs are yet to make an offer for the midfielder. Only last week, it was suggested that Fernandes’ agent, Miguel Pinto was in England to receive offers for the player, however, nothing seems to have materialised on those rumours, which suggests something is amiss.

Sporting wants to receive at least €70 million for the player this summer with reports suggesting that both United and Spurs will only offer something in the region of €50 million. The Mirror states that United would be reluctant to spend such a huge fee on a player with little to no UEFA Champions League experience.

United’s pursuit seems to have hit a snag but reports suggesting that the club is seeking to find a replacement for the 24-year-old could finally mean that this saga could be close to an end. The report in O Jogo states that Keizer has admitted that Sporting’s captain wants out of the club this summer. After the 1-0 victory over Inter Milan in Singapore, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about transfers, saying:

“As I’ve said and answered a few times, we’re working on one or two cases. But obviously my objective now when I’m here is we’ve got to get ready for the games and training sessions.

“And if I’ve got to travel somewhere I will. And you won’t be able to ask me. We’re working on putting a squad together that can compete.

“Of course we have some youngsters but we have loads of players that can play and loads of ways we can play, if there’s a slight change of system is possible.

“Of course we’re always on the lookout for good players. And I’ve been impressed with a few.

“So we do have players that we are watching and following and when we feel they are ready we’ll maybe try to make them come to Manchester United.”

Obviously, Solskjaer mentioned no names and he might not have been talking about Fernandes at all. However, reports in Portugal over the past few weeks did suggest that United would prioritise the signing of a defender before signing Fernandes this summer. Reports gathered pace again on Sunday which suggested an £80 million transfer for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire could at last be happening.

Perhaps, after that signing has been confirmed Solskjaer will make a move for Fernandes, or whoever it was that he was talking about in the ‘one or two cases’ the club had been working on. United have so far signed Daniel James from Swansea City and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. Both have done well so far in pre-season, adding pace, skill and determination to the squad – things that were missing last season.

Portuguese media convinced that Bruno Fernandes offer could be received in the ‘coming hours’

Manchester United and Bruno Fernandes have been heavily linked throughout the summer. Nothing seems to get getting closer but the media, albeit in Portugal seems to be selling the thought that something is soo to happen concerning the future of the 24-year-old. On Wednesday, the media in Portugal reported that offers could be ‘imminent’.

Today, those reports seems to have moved on a little with suggestions that an offer could be received from United and Tottenham Hotspur in the ‘coming hours’. This is a term used by the media which could indicate something imminent but also cover them for a longer period of time as no matter how you look at it, one hour and 100 hours are ‘coming hours’.

According to Sport Witness, both A Bola and Correio da Manhã seem to agree on the same thing and that seems to be that Fernandes’ agent, Miguel Pinho is, once again, back in England. This has been something which has caused many laughs of late as reports seem to talk about Pinho flitting from Portugal to England and back, very regularly.

At one stage, Liverpool and Manchester City were credited with an interest in the 24-year-old, but both do not seem to be all that interested in all honesty with the latter apparently ruling themselves out as suitors for the Portuguese midfielder. Spurs, on the other hand, have ‘reportedly’ been written out of this for a number of week, making a return now.

It is possible that Mauricio Pochettino’s club has been in the running all long and that they are busy trying to challenge United for the Sporting CP captain this summer, however, do they have the money? United had been suggested as the club leading the race for Fernandes but all said and done, the media says this for most players United have been linked with.

Correio da Manhã has stated that bids for Fernandes should be made in the ‘coming hours’ but A Bola state that Pinho is at this moment ‘agreeing the edges’ of the offers. This suggests that something could actually be happening, despite the fact weeks ago the reports were just as optimistic that something was about to happen.

Jornal de Notícias have their own report about Fernandes. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has apparently made it sound like United will not pay €70 million for Fernandes, in fact neither will Spurs meet that demand. In recent weeks, both United and Spurs have been suggested to be offering €50-€55 million for the 24-year-old. However, Sporting want €70 million.

If an offer reached €60 million, it is unlikely that there will be any bonuses attached which will mean Sporting will not get all that close to the fee they may demand for the player, which may result in both clubs backing off and Sporting keeping a player, who seems to want to move on this summer. It could be a bit of a gamble.

Time though seems to be on the side of Sporting as the transfer window for Premier League clubs will close in three weeks time, which means that if clubs want to sign Fernandes, they will need to get things into place sooner rather than later. United was prioritising a central defender before moving for Fernandes, that might still be the case. I doubt this will be sorted in the ‘coming hours’.

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