Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for Sporting Club of Portugal star Bruno Fernandes during the summer but have still yet to agree a deal.
The Portuguese club’s president is refusing to settle for a price tag lower than he is demanding. It is understood that our offer for the midfielder falls somewhat short of Sporting’s valuation of the player.
We don’t have a good transfer record this summer, with both Daniel James’ and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s moves dragging on longer than they needed too. We still have’t landed Harry Maguire from Leicester City either.
Given the number of top European clubs that are looking to signing Fernandes we would be better off matching Sporting CP’s demands for the player before it’s too late. Particularly now that the Portuguese club are playing hardball.
According to Sport Witness, Sporting president Frederico Varandas said:
“I don’t know if there are many or if there are few [interested clubs].
“What I know, a lot has been spoken of values, coming to the press, €55m, €62m… for that he doesn’t leave, for sure.”
It is being reported that Sporting CP want €70 million (£63m) for the superstar which doesn’t seem excessive in today’s market.
Bruno Fernandes scored 20 goals and assisted 13 more in his 33 Portuguese Primeira Liga appearances last season and was part of the national team’s success in winning the inaugural UEFA Nations League earlier this summer.