Manchester United’s failure to get a deal for Harry Maguire over the line is holding up a deal for Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to reports
Fernandes broke down in tears at the end of Sporting’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Valencia on Sunday and may outlets have described it as a ‘hint’ he could be on the way to the Red Devils.
On Monday A Bola claimed that 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).
With further dramatic headlines on Tuesday, including ‘It smells like farewell’ with another headline inside A Bola saying ‘The hour of goodbye’.
Sport Witness adds that United’s struggles to agree a deal for Leicester defender Maguire ‘is thought to have stalled things’ in the Fernandes deal while their chase of Paulo Dybala is proving to be a ‘distraction’.
Leicester will reportedly let Maguire go if they receive at least £85m but the Daily Telegraph claims that United ‘are still some way from making any progress’.
Meanwhile, Dybala is reportedly involved in talks over a switch to Old Trafford in what could effectively turn into a swap deal, with Belgium international Romelu Lukaku heading in the opposite direction.