Manchester United’s traditional transfer dealings have usually involved striking early, with many marquee announcements being made towards the end of ongoing seasons in the past.
However, they have usually achieved those with the assurances of Champions League football next season, a requirement they may not attain this time around, as their recent draw to Chelsea may have killed off those hopes entirely.
The uncertainty may hamper their ability to land promising targets. However, that isn’t stopping the Red Devils from trying to seal deals, and now, they are reportedly on the verge of acquiring two players.
As per the Evening Standard, United are trying to swiftly close the deals in signing Portuguese duo, Joao Felix and Bruno Fernandes.
Both players are highly sought-after in Europe, with clubs like Manchester City and Real Madrid in the fray. Thus, United’s lack of assuring Champions League football to these players may be a tough battle.
Felix is 19 years of age, and will be the more expensive signing amongst the duo, with his price tag pegged at around £100 million.
Dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo, it is easy to see why the Benfica attacking midfielder has aroused the imagination of the Red Devils. In particular, they are in for his creative goal-scoring abilities, a feat that has seemed to dry up at Old Trafford as of recent.
As for Fernandes, the 24-year-old midfielder from Sporting is expected to cost around £50 million, and the club wishes to acquire him in order to fill the gap that will be created by the departure of Ander Herrera in the summer.
However, the source does add that that there is a concern amongst the club’s coaching staff in bringing in younger talents, as the summer window will see a lot of experienced figures part ways with the Mancunian giants.