Ornstein dismisses Fernandes claims; reveals striker enquiry

Date published: Monday 27th January 2020 9:45

Football journalist David Ornstein says that reports that claim Manchester United are on the verge of signing Bruno Fernandes are ‘wide of the mark’.

A report in the Sunday Times yesterday claimed that Man Utd had upped their bid for Fernandes from an initial £42.5m to £46.4m.

And Portuguese newspaper O Jogo are feeling confident on Monday morning that a deal taking Fernandes to Old Trafford is ‘immiment’.

However, The Athletic journalist Ornstein says ‘reports in recent days that it is on the verge of happening are wide of the mark’.

Ornstein adds that the only way a deal gets done from here is if Sporting ‘decide their need for money is more important than their need for the asking price to be matched’.

The former BBC Sport man continued by claiming there’s ‘a realistic possibility’ that Man Utd won’t sign anyone before the January deadline and that ‘no deals are imminent’.

As part of the report in The Athletic, Ornstein also claims that Edinson Cavani is now likely to join Atletico Madrid despite Man Utd making a late enquiry about the Paris Saint-Germain striker.

Ornstein added: ‘Cavani’s salary and injury record meant they were not completely sold on the Uruguayan’.


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