Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ‘demanded’ the signing of Bruno Fernandes.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who has bagged 25 goals and 15 assists in 44 appearances for Sporting so far this season, has been the subject of enormous interest from multiple English giants.
Earlier this week, reports indicated that Manchester City were extremely close to signing the player, who they believe will be the ideal replacement for David Silva.
However, Solskjaer has no intention of letting his transfer target join the Sky Blues, and he has made his thoughts known to the Manchester United hierarchy.
According to A Bola, the Norwegian tactician has ‘demanded’ the signing of the Portuguese by urging the top officials to meet the €100 million (£85m) release clause that is present in his Sporting contract.
The report adds that Fernandes’ agent, Miguel Pinho, is ready to listen to United’s offer before taking any concrete decision regarding his client’s next destination.
Manchester United are in need of quality midfield reinforcements, especially with both Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba expected to depart come summer.
Therefore, the Red Devils might just do whatever it takes to ensure Solskjaer gets his prime midfield target ahead of their inter-city rivals.