Manchester United look certain to head straight until deadline day without having made a significant acquisition. Even though the Red Devils secured a thumping 6-0 win over League One side Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup, their larger woes are still quite worrying.
Injuries still haunt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a pall of mediocrity occasionally makes its way into the performance of the Old Trafford outfit.
The saga that has been the talk of the whole winter transfer window and very much from the start of the season itself is Bruno Fernandes’ future.
Now, there is a positive update regarding the player, but the larger picture still looms unknown.
According to the latest report by Sky Sports, citing sources in Portugal, all parties involved are still ‘open’ to the deal occurring.
Sporting are understood to be holding out on a fee of £59 million, with United’s inserted negotiations to the clause believed to be the sticking point.
The report even adds that the Portuguese outfit is now alright with the sum the English side were offering earlier, with their economic plight likely to overbear the long period of negotiating to drive the asking price up.
At the same time, the report does stress that the deal is still up in the air. Likewise, the players own insistence at moving to the Premier League giants will also be a vital factor going forward.
This is despite claims that the higher-ups at Old Trafford are unwilling to overpay for Fernandes, citing that a club like United ought not to set a precedent of being bullied into submission by other clubs.
In that regard, the recent dealings of the Red Devils certainly come into question with the onus now on the fans to be critical of the club’s miserly attitude to securing a player of Fernandes’ proven caliber and brilliance.