Decision Time For Fernandes
Sporting Lisbon have until Sunday to decide whether or not they are willing to sell midfielder Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United.
The Portugal international is being linked with a move to Old Trafford although reports from Lisbon suggest there has been no official bid from United.
There had been reports that United had seen a bid of €35 million (£31 million) rejected by Sporting. That now appears not to have been the case. The figure of €35 million represents a trigger in his contract with the Portguese side. Although some outlets claim it is a release clause any bid of that size will not automatically see Fernandes leave Sporting. If such a bid is rejected his agent – not Fernandes – will receive a lump sum payment of €5 million. Fernandes will then automatically see his contract renewed to 2024 and his pay will increase from €3 million a year nett of taxes to €6 million gross – around £100,000 a week.
The 24-year-old’s agent Miguel Pinho has been in England this week for talks with United. There are also reports of renewed interest from Tottenham Hotspur who had previously ruled themselves out of the running.
But Portugese newspaper Jornal de Noticias claims United have already agreed personal terms with Fernandes and that he will receive between €5 million and €6 million a year nett of taxes.
Sporting fly out to Switzerland on Sunday and are expected to make a decision before then over Fernandes’ future.
City Out Of Maguire Race
Meanwhile, Manchester United have the field to themselves in the race to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.
The Foxes are looking for at least £75 million for the England international – a world-record fee for a defender. United have seen a £70 million bid rejected by the Foxes. However, according to 90 Minutes United’s cross-town rivals Manchester City are unwilling to meet Leicester’s valuation leaving United as his only possible destination should he leave the King Power Stadium.
United are expected to launch a fresh bid.