Sporting are assured of finalising a deal with Manchester United for Bruno Fernandes despite the Premier League club trying to change the terms of the transfer late within the day.
United started negotiations for Fernandes a fortnight ago after injuries to Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba forced the club to act to support Ole Gunnar Solskjaer within the transfer market.
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They had expected to sign Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg early in January however were caught on the back foot when the 19-year-old Norway international elected to maneuver to Borussia Dortmund instead.
United and Sporting had largely in agreement a deal for Fernandes, who could have played his last game for the club on Fri during a league match against Benfica, however the Red Devils then began to feature new necessities for the Portuguese club to receive the complete amount.
In response to United’s extra negotiating, Sporting raised the damage for the 25-year-old midfielder. No new agreement has been reached between the 2 clubs, and there are currently just eleven days left for the sides to hammer out a deal.
MySportDab understands that United have tried to structure a deal price within the region of £60 million ($78m), with around a quarter of the fee dependent on Fernandes winning the Ballon d’Or, and United winning the Premier League.
Sporting are sceptical of either occurrence, resulting in a new fee of £68m ($88 million), closer to his existing release clause.
Nevertheless, Sporting’s own monetary difficulties mean that club insiders expect a deal to be struck before the end of the January window.
United have since been connected with 2 alternative midfielders who may join on loan, with Lille star Boubakary Soumare and Atletico Madrid back-up player Marcos Llorente each having been reportable as potential targets on short-terms deals.
Solskjaer has additionally raised the chance of mitigating Marcus Rashford’s absence with a short lived move for a striker.
The England international suffered a back problem during a short appearance against Wolves within the fa Cup last week and will be out of action for around 2 months with a stress fracture.
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