Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho trolls Man Utd over Bruno Fernandes transfer saga

Posted Thursday, January 23, 2020 by

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho trolls Man Utd over Bruno Fernandes transfer saga
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho trolls Man Utd over lengthy Bruno Fernandes transfer saga (Image: GETTY)

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has spoken out on Manchester United’s ongoing Bruno Fernandes transfer saga.

Jose Mourinho has mocked Manchester United for failing to yet sign Bruno Fernandes. The Red Devils have been in talks with Sporting Lisbon for Fernandes for multiple weeks, having also been in pursuit of the Portuguese international in the summer.

But despite holding talks, the two clubs are well apart in their valuations of the goalscoring midfielder, who has 15 goals and 14 assists in 27 matches this season.

Sporting are thought to want nearer to £70million for their captain, while United have sought to reach an agreement at nearer to £50m, with add-ons taking up a significant portion of their bids.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flew to Portugal earlier this month to personally watch Fernandes in action with United's interest in the player well known.

But with the January transfer window steadily drawing to a close, United have yet to agree a deal, and former boss Mourinho has mocked how long his old club are taking to do a deal.

Speaking after Tottenham's win over Norwich on Tuesday night, Mourinho said to a Sky Sports reporter: "How was Lisbon? good? Lisbon was good?"

Smiling, he then later added: "So Bruno Fernandes come to United or no?

"So you go to Lisbon and he's not coming? But coming or no?"

Mourinho was known for his fractured relationship with the United board over signings up until he was sacked in December 2018.

Fernandes is keen on a move to Old Trafford but United only have until 11pm next Friday to conclude an agreement.

Super-agent Jorge Mendes, an intermediary in the deal, is confident Fernandes will leave Sporting in 2020 but is not sure whether he will get a move before the summer.

"If he doesn't leave now, he will leave for sure in the summer because Sporting have already spoken with other clubs," said Mendes to Sky Sports.

"Something will happen but I am not sure if now or at the end of the season."

Discontent among United fans over their failure to sign the 25-year-old grew again on Tuesday night after they were beaten 2-0 by Burnley in the Premier League.

United once again lacked threat and creativity offensively, an issue fans are desperate to be fixed by the arrival of Fernandes, although a deal is still some way off.

Asked for an update on signing Fernandes before the defeat to the Clarets, Solskjaer said: "We're always look at improving the squad and seeing if there's anything out there but nothing I can talk about now.

"You're never 100 per cent sure something's gonna happen until it happens so we'll update you."

The Evening Standard claim United aren’t even willing to spend more than £40m on Fernandes at the moment, despite their current woes.

They had the opportunity to close the gap to fourth place to three points against Burnley but squandered that chance with a sixth defeat to a team in the current bottom half of the table.

Paul Merson, however, thinks Solskjaer should abandon plans to sign Fernandes and should instead look to Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish.

He wrote in his Daily Star column: “Forget Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United should be trying to sign Jack Grealish.

“He is one of the top ten players in the Premier League right now. He is absolutely different class and would walk into almost any other Premier League team.

“Grealish would walk into the United team. Tottenham tried to get him not long ago and he’d walk into their team right now as well.

“I can’t explain to people how good this kid is. Aston Villa lost 6-1 to Manchester City and he was the only one who still had time on the ball.

“His composure is something else. I don’t understand why clubs aren’t queuing up to try and sign him. Is it because he’s English but isn’t playing for England?

“Bruno Fernandes is a full international. He’s had clubs all over Europe looking at him. But he’s never played in this league before. Grealish has. And he’s ripping it up every week.

“I love watching him play. If I had to pay to watch one player in the Premier League, I’d watch him.

“He can see a pass, score goals, and he gets on the ball. He wants the ball all the time. That’s what makes a top player – always wanting the ball. He never hides.

"Kevin De Bruyne is a world class midfielder. But he’s got world class players around him. Jack Grealish plays in a struggling bottom three team and is outstanding.”

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