Paul Merson thinks Manchester United would have already signed Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon if Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge at Old Trafford.
A fresh report from Portugal claimed today that there has been a complete collapse of negotiations between the two clubs over valuation – but it is possible that talks could be reinvigorated before the end of January.
“For me, this didn’t happen when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge,” Merson said on Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“If they wanted a player, they went and got that player and it was done.
“This is the problem you have now at Manchester United, even for me they’re the greatest club in the world. They’re not that high anymore.
“Look at Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Man City, and they have to fight for a player now. They may have to pay over the top.
“Before they might say ‘right, I want to pay £30million for a player’ and the player would kick up a fuss because he wanted to go to Manchester United. That’s not the case anymore.”