Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Man Utd will not relinquish control of transfer negotiations amid uncertainty over a possible deal for Bruno Fernandes. Manchester United are puzzled that Sporting Lisbon abruptly enlarged their estimate of Fernandes to €80million £68.24m last week with no clarification.
Despite frenzied speculation that Fernandes had agreed personal terms, Manchester United and Sporting are nowhere near an agreement but could resume talks this week. Football fans from around the world can purchase Premier League Football Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
There is concern at Manchester United about the ramifications a possible €80m deal for Fernandes could have on their summer business. Manchester United are sensible the Portugal international might present a standard issue in that the evaluations of other targets such as James Maddison of Leicester City would expand.
Fernandes signed a new contract with Sporting in November until 2023 and reputedly has a €100m release clause but Sporting is desperate to sell.
Manchester United have been burnt by forging alliances with super-agents Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola since Ed Woodward assumed the executive vice-chairman post in 2013 and have operated more tentatively in the last two summer windows.
Man Utd decided against a move for Fernandes in the summer and the MEN reported in August Mendes had touched base with Fernandes with the promise of a transfer this year.
“You know that discussion, Solskjaer said when asked if Manchester United should make a stand over-inflated fees. We could do that later maybe. Of course, we do not want to inflate the prices. I think that is important – that we use common sense.”
“There are other kinds of stuff, too, when you sign performers, that you have to remain in control. You cannot give agents control by giving buyout clauses and stuff. That has been touted around. For me, we have to be in control.”
Fernandes joined Sporting in 2017 after spending four years in Italy with Udinese and Sampdoria and has attained 19 Portugal caps. He has scored 15 goals and assisted another 13 for Sporting this term.
Should Fernandes stay in Lisbon beyond deadline day on January 31, he could come up against Manchester United in the Europa League knockout stages.
It is fair to say Bruno Fernandes raised one or two eyebrows with his antics at the end of Sporting Lisbon’s defeat to Braga last night.
The Portugal international was on the end of a 2-1 defeat in what might be his Sporting farewell as transfer rumors linking him to Manchester United continue to intensify.
Daily Mirror report about Man Utd
The Daily Mirror is among the sources to state that the Fernandes to Man Utd deal seems to have reached a breakthrough, but for the time being the 25-year-old did not look a happy man last night.
Watch the video above as Fernandes storms off at the end of the defeat to Braga, failing to acknowledge the club’s fans and shoving a TV camera.
Manchester United fans will just hope he can make his way to Old Trafford soon and put this disappointment behind him.
The 25-year-old looks a potential world-class talent who would undoubtedly strengthen what has been an area of weakness in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad in recent times.