Bruno Fernandes is confident he can seal a dream move to Manchester United this month, despite his club holding the cards over a transfer. United have been in talks over a deal for this month after accelerating their interest in the midfielder.
And, according to the Daily Mail, United are cautious over a deal at this stage due to Sporting’s negotiation tactics.
However Fernandes and his people are said to be optimistic a deal can be struck to see him move to the Premier League this month.
He missed out on a deal in the summer when both United and Tottenham were in the race and even admitted he thought he would get his move.
And Tottenham are also back in the hunt this time around but United appear to be leading the race.
United are ready to pay the 25-year-old Portugal £150,000 a week on a long-term deal.
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Fernandes played and scored twice in the 3-1 win over Vitoria Setubal last night and appeared emotional when celebrating his injury time goal.
Fernandes has now scored eight time, with seven assists, in the Portuguese league, while scoring another five in the Europa League.
And United need some stardust to bolster their Champions League hopes during the second half of the season.
The midfield is in need of work with Paul Pogba’s future uncertain and injuries limiting his involvement.
Scott McTominay is also injured at the moment while Fred, Nemanja Matic, and Andreas Pereira have failed to really convince this term.
A move for Fernandes would cost around £60m with United hoping to pay £50m up front with the rest in add ons.
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And Sporting boss Jorge Silas even admitted he was looking at alternative options for Fernandes before last night’s game.
He said: “He’s a huge player. All players like Bruno always have a lot of market.
“We know that he’ll always be a much talked of player and sought by clubs as big as they say.
“I don’t like to think about that beforehand, but I’m starting to think of alternatives within our team if Bruno doesn’t stay with us.
“I hope that doesn’t happen. In Portugal, unfortunately, we can’t keep the best players for long. Bruno is the best player in the league.”
And when asked for an update after the win over Norwich Solskjaer, who watched him in action last week, refused to rule out a move.
“Bruno Fernandes? I can’t talk about individuals that play for other clubs, but I’ve got to say I do have the backing,” he told beIN Sports after the win over Norwich.
“We do have the backing to do something if the right thing comes up in this window.
“The owners and Ed, they know what we’re building towards.”