Sporting President Makes Huge Bruno Fernandes Transfer Claim

Sporting's Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their first goal.

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Sporting president Frederico Varandas has revealed the valuation set by the club on Bruno Fernandes.

Manchester United have been heavily linked with a major move for Fernandes this summer, with multiple sources claiming that the signing will be done before the transfer window shuts close.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intends to add a creative presence to his midfield, and has subsequently identified the Portuguese international has his prime target.

The negotiations are yet to officially begin, but the Mancunians appear confident of pulling this deal off. In fact, they seem to be focusing on completing other high-priority signings, like that of Harry Maguire from Leicester City.

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Amid the speculation, Sporting CP president Frederico Varandas himself has revealed that any interested party will have to cough up a much higher amount than the one being quoted by the media in order to sign Fernandes.

Speaking about the heavy interest in the playmaker, Varandas told RTP (via the Daily Star): “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, €55m, €62m… for that he doesn’t leave, for sure.”

Manchester United were reported to be preparing an opening bid worth €62m for the 24-year-old talent. But if Varandas’ comments are any sort of indication, the Reds may have to significantly up their offer to complete this transfer.