Manchester United might give their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer some new players in January after all. According to ESPN, United has a deal in place with Sporting Lisbon’s star midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The reports say that Premier League giants agreed on terms with Fernandes, and now need to negotiate transfer fee with Sporting. This last step, however, might prove challenging.
Portuguese side is looking to get around $90 million for the 25-year-old, while United is reluctant to go over $65 million. The two sides also discussed player-exchange options, but can’t agree on the players involved, with Man Utd offering goalkeeper Joel Pereira while Sporting demands defender Marcos Rojo.
Manchester United has been playing hot and cold this season, and the club is looking to get some impactful players in the January transfer window that could help them make a run for Champions League spot. After missing out on Norwegian starlet Erling Haaland and Donny van de Beek, who decided to join Borrusia Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively instead, United was forced to turn to Bruno Fernandes.
While Fernandes is considered to be one of the biggest talents in Portugal at the moment, there are some questions about his game that prevented clubs from spending big on him in the summer. He is considered to be a midfielder that can risk too much in dangerous spaces and has a high turnover rate. Also, he might not be the best suited to connect attack and defense in an efficient way.
Fernandes spent his early career in Italy before joining Sporting Lisbon in 2017. With Portuguese powerhouse, he made 134 appearances and contributed with 64 goals and more than 30 assists.