‘Decisive hours’ as ‘disaster’ strengthens Fernandes to Man Utd chance

Joe Williams
Bruno Fernandes Sporting Lisbon

Manchester United have made a fresh verbal offer to Sporting Lisbon for midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side missed out on highly-rated striker Erling Haaland to Borussia Dortmund, but work continues for January reinforcements in attack and midfield.

The United boss has wanted a new central midfielder since the summer and Portugal international Fernandes is in their crosshairs this month, although some reports have claimed that there remains a big difference in valuation to that of Sporting.

The 25-year-old wants to leave the Lisbon side, who do not have another match until next Wednesday after being knocked out of the Taca da Liga by Braga on Tuesday.

Jorge Mendes, who is helping to broker the midfielder’s exit, confirmed on Wednesday that Fernandes will leave Sporting this summer, if not this month.

And Portuguese newspaper A Bola (via Sport Witness) provide us with another update on Thursday by saying ‘disaster’ strengthens Man Utd‘s position as they look to sign Fernandes.

It isn’t clear whether that is Sporting or United’s ‘disaster’ but it seems to refer to performances on the pitch.

A Bola continue by saying that these are ‘decisive hours’ ahead as Man Utd have made a verbal offer to Sporting for €55m plus €10m ‘easily attainable’ add-ons.

The report adds that Man Utd have a ‘verbal agreement’ with Fernandes on rough details of his demands.