Gossip: Man Utd prepare £96.4m package after target’s ‘farewell’

Matt Stead

It had been reported that Bruno Fernandes was flying to the United Kingdom to undergo a medical with Manchester United over the weekend. He must have turned up to the airport late, Neil Custis-style, because he featured in Sporting’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Valencia on Sunday.

The midfielder’s apparent tearful reaction at the end of the game has predictably been packaged as a ‘hint’ by many outlets desperate for an update. But we have to go all the way to A Bola in Portugal for anything concrete.

They go as far as to say that, as of late last week, ‘no formal offer has been made’. United are ‘preparing’ an offer of 72million euros (£64.9m) with a further 5million euros (£4.5m) in add-ons, as well as a five-year contract worth 30million euros (£27m). That’s a tasty little £96.4m package, right there.

It is also said that Sporting will try and delay negotiations to the extent that Fernandes does not move until after the Portuguese Super Cup final against Benfica on August 4. Ed Woodward will be cutting it mightily close; the Premier League transfer deadline is four days later.


Apologies for those completely and utterly bored of Fernandes and desperate to now see him fail. Another update comes courtesy of Correio da Manhã.

The same outlet that claimed the player’s agent was ‘in England intensifying negotiations’ over the weekend now says the aforementioned friendly ‘can mark the farewell’ of Fernandes. United are ‘tightening the siege’ and ‘Europe’s most scoring midfielder ever’ is bound for the Premier League.

The ‘uncompromising’ Sporting president Frederico Varandas is holding out for 70million euros (£63m). Considering A Bola say the initial offer will be worth more than that, never mind the add-ons, we be on the verge of a breakthrough.


Just kidding. This lines concerns “fantasia land” inhabitants Manchester City, who can “just get whatever you want”. Because that is how release clauses work.

After cutting out the negotiating middle man when it came to signing Rodri from Atletico Madrid, City might be about to do the same with Real Sociedad and Mikel Oyarzabal. Bayern Munich are “very confident” of bringing in Leroy Sane, and AS are pretty certain that his replacement has already been identified.

City ‘have contacted’ Oyarzabal’s representatives ‘to let them know of their intentions to activate his release clause’, which stands at 75million euros (£67.6m). The 22-year-old ‘represents everything good about the club’ but ‘his wages would improve significantly’ and working with Pep Guardiola understandably appeals.

AS stress that ‘nothing is done,’ but ‘there has been movement’. With La Real powerless to reject the offer, it depends on Oyarzabal. His agent has ‘transmitted calm’ and is working ‘to resolve the situation’ with the winger staying in Spain. Sociedad ‘will fight until the end’ to keep him, but the lure of City could prove too much.


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