Bruno Fernandes Wants to Move to Manchester United
The 25-year-old has eight goals and seven assists in 15 games for Sporting this season; Fernandes is currently under contract at the Portuguese club until 2023.
Bruno Fernandes has reportedly told Sporting Lisbon that he’s keen to complete a move to Old Trafford after Manchester United lodged a £50 million offer for his services.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to give up hope after United missed out on Fernandes in the summer and watched the 25-year-old in action as Sporting lost at home to Porto last week. Fernandes somehow ignored the intense speculation surrounding his future and bagged himself a brace as Sporting beat Vitoria Setubal 3-1 at the weekend.
The links will no doubt continue until the transfer deadline on January 31. Sporting president Frederico Varandas only fuelled these rumours after he was spotted in England on Friday.
Sporting also wants United defender Marcos Rojo included in any deal that would take the midfielder to OId Trafford.
United is prepared to let Argentine defender Rojo leave Old Trafford. The 29-year-old, who joined United from Sporting Lisbon in 2014, almost left for Everton last summer and has started one Premier League game this season.
Sporting would want to discuss the possibility of other players leaving United for the Portuguese side if Rojo chooses to remain as a part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad.
A move for Fernandes would represent a U-turn as far as United are concerned, they scouted him in the summer before ruling out a move for the attacking midfielder.
Fernandes scored twice in Sporting's 3-1 win at Setubal on Friday. After the match, Sporting head coach Silas was asked if he would be available to play against Benfica on January 17.
He said, ‘I can't guarantee any of these things because I don't know. Bruno is a huge player and all players like him have a lot of markets. I don't like to think about it, but I'll be thinking of alternatives in case Bruno leaves. I hope it doesn't happen, but we have to start thinking that’.
It is thought that Sporting wants to secure a £50-£60m deal for Fernandes.
Words: Kathleen Kaiser