Manchester United are set to spend £49 million on Portugal ace Bruno Fernandes. The Metro reports the Red Devils are ready to submit an offer to purchase the midfielder from his club Sporting Lisbon.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder would offer Manchester United a completely new option in the centre of the park.
Fernandes would be a replacement for Ander Herrera who left the club on a free transfer for Paris Saint-Germain and Marouane Felliani who now plays his club football in China.
Portugal Ace Fernades to Manchester United
Fernandes joined Sport Lisbon in July 2017 for £8.72m from Serie A’s Sampdoria. If his move to Manchester United goes through, it will be quite the windfall of cash for Sporting Lisbon.
The Portugal ace excelled for Sporting Lisbon during the Portuguese Liga season scoring 20 goals and tally 13 assists in 30 matches. He added a further nine goals and four assists combined in the Portuguese Cup and Europa League.
Manchester United are not the only Premier League side interested in a deal for Fernandes. Tottenham Hotspur are linked with a move for the midfielder. Any Tottenham Hotspur transfer for Fernandes would be dependent on Christian Eriksen departing the club.
Tottenham Hotspur also chasing Portugal ace
According to SkySports, Tottenham Hotspur have already met with Fernandes’ representatives after the latter made contact with the club. Following their meeting, Tottenham Hotspur have cooled interest in the midfielder due to Sporting Lisbon’s asking price.
Spurs are ready to turn their attention to Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso.
According to the Metro, Sport Lisbon want £70m for Fernandes and may refuse Manchester United’s initial bid to start a bidding war.
Manchester United are split between working out a deal for Fernandes and a move for Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
In other Manchester United transfer news, the club is said to be willing to trigger Juventus midfielder Paulo Dybala this offseason.