The winter transfer window is already nearing closer and several deals are already being agreed to on principle. Official word from multiple sides has clearly shown that the short duration of the January period will not deter clubs from making some vital transfers.
Manchester United was robbed of the opportunity to secure one signing, with Erling Braut Haaland electing to join Borussia Dortmund instead.
As of such, there are other names who need to replace the Norwegian star as United’s alleged prime targets for the period.
Now, there is clarity on who this may be.
According to Sky Sports, Manchester United are ‘interested’ in signing Benfica’s midfielder Gedson Fernandes in January.
The report claims that representatives of the 20-year-old have been in England to court deals. United are allegedly looking at multiple options during this window.
Further, it is believed that the player’s fee could be in the region of £34 million with Benfica being put in a precarious position with regard to the transfer as Fernandes is presently not a regular in their side.
Moreover, it is understood that the player’s agents are looking to initially broker a loan deal with a buy-out clause embedded at the end of the season.
This could work for United if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company are not too keen on splashing cash up-front and instead just want to wait it out until the summer for a more adequate splurge.
It is fair to say that this murmur will be one of many in the upcoming month given how United often tends to be linked with approximately an entire roster’s worth of players at any given time.
Moreover, given the roller-coaster ride of emotions that fans of the Old Trafford outfit experienced when they were last linked with a player named Fernandes from Portugal, a lot of salt may accompany this report.