Solskjaer Putting ‘Enormous Pressure’ On Man Utd Board To Complete Fernandes Signing

Sporting's Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their first goal.

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Bruno Fernandes looks set to secure a major summer transfer this week.

The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has attracted heavy interest from the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United the current frontrunners in this pursuit.

But while the Portuguese outfit is demanding €70m for the 24-year-old, A Bola suggests that both Spurs and United are only prepared to offer a fee up to €55m.

Despite their reluctance to meet Sporting’s valuation, however, the source indicates that a transfer could be finalised this week, simply because ‘there’s urgency from all parts for it to be done’.

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Both the English clubs are expected to table similar offers for Fernandes, but Manchester United‘s approach is being deemed as ‘sportingly more attractive’, as the player has a bigger chance of establishing himself in the Red Devils’ starting lineup.

Further, the Mancunians are said to be showing ‘more effective interest’, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer putting on ‘enormous pressure’ on the board to seal the deal for the Portugal international.

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The playmaker’s agent, Miguel Pinho, has been making the rounds between England and Portugal to get this move past its finish line.

The negotiations will reportedly ‘accelerate in the next few days’, and the transfer could be concluded by the end of this week, or ‘in the worst scenario’, at the start of next week.

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