The Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United saga has certainly provided the staple headlines for any transfer window.
This summer began with the Red Devils believed to be deeply interested in the Portuguese talent and reports quickly spiraled into indicating a positive attempt from United at signing the midfielder. In the midst of it, a Man City and even Liverpool angle was added to spice things up.
However, it is now evident that the ‘progress’ that United had allegedly made weeks ago was grossly overstated and that negotiations have still been in progress.
The more recent claims are now painting a favorable picture.
SportsWitness cites Portuguese outlets A Bola and Correio da Manhã to have stated that Manchester United will lodge a bid for Bruno Fernandes in the coming hours.
It appears that the player’s agent Miguel Pinho is in England and is entertaining offers for his client.
In addition to the Red Devils, Tottenham Hotspur are also reported to be in contention for the player’s signature and it certainly appears that Pinho is holding out for the best possible deal to be offered.
Further, a pricetag in the region of €70 million is being quoted as the asking price from Sporting who are adamant to not accept offers below it as they consider time to be on their side.
In this case, this saga seems to be taking a similar color to the Harry Maguire situation wherein Leicester City’s persistent high valuation for the defender is proving to be the stumbling block in this transfer going through.
It appears that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to make the 24-year-old a part of his roster but the offer dynamics are proving to be tricky.
Over the two pre-season games that United played at Perth a lot of their younger talents showed great midfield promise, with Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira, in particular, proving to be quite impressive.