Manchester United have offered Sporting Lisbon £50 million for the Portugal international midfielder Bruno Fernandes. That’s according to one newspaper report today.
The report comes from the Daily Mirror which adds that Sporting are holding out for a fee in the region of £70 million.
There were claims earlier this week that United would put in a bid before the Premier League’s transfer deadline in three weeks’ time. If the Mirror is to be believed then United are now at that stage. However, while the paper’s report is largely speculative and offers no concrete evidence of any bid it does claim Fernandes will be paid £110,000-a-week by United and that personal terms have already been agreed.
Sporting’s huge valuation of Fernandes is thought to have put off many potential suitors with United now the only serious candidates left.
Two first-team players at Manchester United are being linked with exits from Old Trafford. Romelu Lukaku is being linked with Inter Milan but the Serie A side are having difficulty meeting United’s £75 million valuation.
The Sun claims Inter are willing to pay £60 million with a further £15 million in add-ons and bonuses. The transfer fee would be paid over 24 months with £40 million now and the remainder in instalments.
Much depends on Inter striker Mauro Icardi who is expected to leave the San Siro. However, he is threatening to derail the Lukaku deal by staying with Inter until his contract expires in 2021.
United defender Eric Bailly is a possible target AC Milan. The Ivory Coast international has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Reports from Italy claims he could be an alternative for Milan to Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren who is too expensive for the Serie A side.
Bailly has one year left on his contract with United but he could be moved on if United sign Harry Maguire. Again, the reports from Italy appear to be largely speculative.