Manchester United’s midfield is looking extremely thin on the ground. Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba are both injured in the long-term, with the Red Devils having just three senior (fit) midfielders…
The name that’s constantly linked with an Old Trafford switch is Bruno Fernandes. However, we’re rapidly approaching the final week of the transfer window and time is running out.
Anyway, Duncan Castles has the latest for us in the Daily Record. He writes that United’s initial offer of €50m (£42.5m) has been structured around an unusual compensation clause in the player’s contract. Apparently, Fernandes and his agent are due a fee of €5m (£4.2m) regardless of the transfer fee – hence why Sporting Lisbon are trying to hold out for more.
United are trying to bump up the transfer fee by adding clauses into Fernandes’ contract, though Sporting deem them unrealistic as the Portuguese is hardly going to go on and win FIFA Player of the Year award’s anytime soon…
That said, senior Sporting officials aren’t giving up on a deal being reached, while it seems like the player certainly reckons a move will go through.
What I found most interesting is that a close friend of the 25-year-old is ‘confident’ that a January transfer will ultimately be agreed between the two clubs.
In the end, it all comes down to if Sporting and United can find some middle-ground in terms of the transfer fee. Make no mistake about it, Fernandes is a quality player and if you let this run until the summer, interest in the Portugal international will heighten.
Edward Woodward isn’t really known for his speed when it comes to sorting out these deals, so he better act quickly.