Sporting Lisbon prepare Bruno Fernandes 'plan B' as Man Utd transfer talks continue

Sporting Lisbon prepare Bruno Fernandes 'plan B' as Man Utd transfer talks continue

The Portuguese outfit looked set to lose their key man earlier this summer as Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham circled for Fernandes’ signature.

However, the Reds have seemingly dropped out of the race completely, while talk of a Tottenham move has gone cold.

United remain keen on Fernandes but have so far been unwilling to meet Sporting’s €70m (£63m) valuation for the goalscoring midfielder.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to land the player in the coming weeks.

But according to Correio de Manha, Sporting are preparing ‘Plan B’ as they begin to wonder whether United will cough up.

This plan will see them bring in funds from other players instead.

Sporting are reportedly prepared to sell Wendel, Raphinha, Marcos Acuna and Bas Dost if they don’t receive their €70m for Fernandes.

It has been clear for some time that the Portuguese side were prepared to sell their captain this summer.

Speaking earlier this month, president Frederico Varandas explained the club were already eyeing replacements.

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes could yet stay at Sporting this summer (Pic: Getty)

Bruno Fernandes

Is Fernandes set to stay at Sporting Lisbon? (Pic: Getty)

Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes is valued at €70m (Pic: Getty)

“What I know and the guarantee I can guarantee is that this Sporting will be ready to compete with our ambitions,” he said.

“Let’s be prepared for the new season.

“It’s important for new players to realise the global dimension of this club and feel the weight of the jersey they will wear.

“And this crowded stadium is proof that we have thousands of fans scattered throughout Europe and the world.”

As for the type of fee Sporting are looking to receive for their key man, Varandas also has a rough idea.

Solskjaer

Solskjaer is keen to bring Fernandes in this summer (Pic: Getty)

“It could be the most expensive sale of Sporting,” he told Radio Observer earlier this month.

“The most expensive so far was João Mário, for €40m (£36m).

“There have been only talks for Bruno Fernandes, for now.”

United are still trying to wrap up a deal for Leicester star Harry Maguire.

But again, the Red Devils appear unwilling to meet the demands of the selling club.

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