Manchester United are on the verge of agreeing a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to today’s report.
The Portugal international is a key target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer window as he looks to overhaul a United team that finished sixth last campaign.
Fernandes scored 28 goals and provided 14 assists in an impressive season for Sporting during 2018-19, and Solskjaer seemingly sees him as the perfect man to bring creativity to their midfield.
The 24-year-old’s agent, Miguel Pinho, was expected in Portugal to present United’s latest offer to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday – and they seem to be closing in on agreeing a deal in the coming days.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that United are ‘preparing to close the deal’ for Bruno Fernandes as the negotiation with Sporting CP is in the final stages.
The midfielder – who is set to cost United €70m (£63m) – captained his current club against Valencia on Sunday on what appeared to be his farewell appearance for Sporting.
Sporting slipped to a 2-1 loss to their Iberian rivals, but all eyes were on Fernandes, with the player standing in the middle of the pitch with tears in his eyes and surrounded by a number of his teammates
As part of his proposed transfer to Old Trafford, Fernandes’ old club Sampdoria are also set to profit due to a sell-on clause included in his contract.
The Portugal international midfider left the Serie A team to join Sporting Lisbon back in 2017.