Manchester United are ahead of Manchester City in the race to sign Bruno Fernandes.
Both the Mancunian giants have been consistently linked with the Sporting Lisbon playmaker for quite some time, and now, Portuguese newspaper A Bola has provided a brand new update regarding this transfer saga.
As per the source, United continue to lead this race, in spite of the fact that City were the ones to have submitted a bid for the player.
Pep Guardiola’s side was the first to make a ‘concrete offer’ for Fernandes, which included a €55m fee and one or two of their players in a potential player-plus-cash deal.
However, Sporting turned this offer down straightaway, as they only intend to sell their prized asset for a transfer fee, and do not want any players in exchange.
Manchester United, who were the first suitors to express interest in the Portuguese international, have been informed of this demand as well.
The Red Devils have since begun preparations for a “strong proposal”. While they may not go all the way and activate the 24-year-old’s €100m release clause, their offer is expected to be higher than City’s bid, and lie in the region of €70-80m.
Should United submit an acceptable offer, Sporting will then grant Fernandes permission to leave the Portuguese international training camp, and make the trip to Manchester to complete his medical and sign the contract.