Man Utd hit roadblock in Bruno Fernandes transfer talks and refuse Sporting Lisbon demands

Posted Sunday, January 19, 2020 by

Man Utd hit roadblock in Bruno Fernandes transfer talks and refuse Sporting Lisbon demands
Man Utd transfer news: Bruno Fernandes talks have hit a roadblock (Image: GETTY)

Manchester United are not close to reaching a transfer agreement for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

Bruno Fernandes’ transfer to Manchester United has hit a roadblock after Sporting Lisbon hiked their valuation of the midfielder to £68million.

The two parties had looked close to agreeing a deal on Friday and United sources admit there is still a will to get the business done.

But the Premier League giants made it quite clear this morning they have no intention of meeting the latest valuation of €80million.

Tottenham offered £38m for the Portugal international in the summer in a take-it-or-leave-it bid.

And while United concede the player has probably inflated his value with an excellent six months in the green and white hoops of Sporting, it is understood their valuation is nearer £50m plus add-ons.

Contrary to some reports United and Fernandes have not yet agreed personal terms with the 25-year-old.

Express Sport understands the Red Devils are willing to offer the midfielder a five-year contract worth £150,000-a-week.

Ed Woodward is said to be worried about future transfers if they pay the £68m demanded by Sporting.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made signing a midfielder his priority this month with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay out injured.

Fernandes played in what could be his last match for Sporting last night in the 2-0 defeat to rivals Benfica.

After the match his manager Silas said: “I hope now. So far we don't know, nor does Bruno know.

“We will try to keep him for more games, but it's not up to us.”

And Silas admits he would not stand in Fernandes’ way, insisting that he is fully deserving of the opportunity to make the step up and play in the Premier League.

“If I could have a backup, would it be Bruno Fernandes? Without a doubt, I already said that Bruno does things for two or three players,” he added.

“I would prefer that he not leave. We have to understand the ambition of the player.

“He prefers to play in a league superior to ours.

“What player would not like to play in the English league? It is difficult to tell him ‘don’t go’. Bruno deserves everything. He deserves the best league in the world. The only wish I have is the best for him.”

United return to action tomorrow when they take on arch-rivals Liverpool in the Premier League.

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