Bruno Fernandes’ future looks set to be marked in the coming days, with a move to Manchester United on the cards.
Sporting’s midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer, with United and Tottenham fighting to sign it.
However, no transfer has been agreed for the 25-year-old, who is once again attracting interest in the January transfer window.
United are said to be in charge, even in the summer, before terms were agreed between Spurs and the player.
However, with Christian Eriksen not sealing a move elsewhere, Spurs was unable to conclude an agreement with Sporting.
Will Jose Mourinho’s team move again to hijack United’s Fernandes?
Here’s what we know about the midfielder’s future.
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The Portuguese publication Record, as reported by Sport Witness, said that Spurs was ready to “advance with a concrete proposal” worth over € 70 million to sign Fernandes, while according to Jornal de Noticias an offer of 65 had been submitted million euros.
However, football.london at the beginning of the transfer window it was understood that Spurs did not see the midfielder as a priority in the summer transfer window.
The injuries to Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane have led to speculation about Spurs’ January transfer activity, but it is understood that Tottenham is close to signing another Fernandes – Gedson Fernandes – on an 18-month loan agreement.
What Fernandes said
Fernandes has spoken numerous times about his future and has suggested that he would like to move to the Premier League, but these comments from the director were the most eloquent in the summer.
“The president decides that, not me,” he said In Bola. “I don’t care about the market, I’ve talked about it many times.
“The only thing I can do now is that I have to take the plane, so I don’t miss it. Will this be the last game for Sporting? I don’t know, it’s the coach who decides.
“I said I’d like to play in England, but I don’t care at the moment. If it could be this season? It could be when the club decides, I’m not responsible.”
Sporting CP position
In the summer, Sporting CP manager Marcel Keizer spoke about Fernandes’ future and explained that any outings will depend on who the club could buy to replace him.
“It obviously depends on who will be able to join later if Bruno leaves. We can’t replace quality players like this,” he said.
Portugeuse media reports said Tottenham sent a delegation to Lisbon to bid on Fernandes on August 1st.
Public service broadcaster RTP and O Jogo both claimed that Spurs went to the city to try to agree on a deal.
The record – as translated by Sport Witness – suggested that a € 70m offer was rejected by Sporting CP president Frederico Varandas in a meeting between the two sides.
Also, according to the report, Spurs and Sporting CP could hold another meeting within the next week, although according to Sky Sports the North London club was not interested in making further offers.
It was a curious situation. For the representatives of Tottenham, flying to the Portuguese capital to make an offer below the asking price for a player they previously didn’t see as a priority in the window, and then apparently to decide not to take further action, seemed like a strange move.
Some Spurs fans also suggested that the club was simply trying to use Sporting and Fernandes in an attempt to scare Real Betis and get a better deal for Giovani Lo Celso.
“Agreement reached” with the player
According to Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes, Tottenham and Fernandes have reached an agreement on personal terms although Spurs has not reached an agreement with the player’s club.
It was claimed that the last offer made by Tottenham was 50 million euros plus 10 million euros in addition, a commission 10 million euros lower than Sporting’s assessment.
Manchester United involvement
However, there have been conflicting reports of Manchester United’s involvement in the deal.
Lopes said there was “no contact” between the club and the player’s agent, but the Portuguese outlet cm jornal claimed that super agent Jorge Mendes, who was in charge of selecting a move for Fernandes, was in Manchester to discuss a € 70 million offer from the Diavoli Rossi.
Reports in Portugal claimed that Bruno Fernandes was starting to feel “uncomfortable” about the situation regarding his future.
According to Record (via SportsWitness), the player told Sporting he didn’t like how the transfer saga was going.
Tottenham was said to have made an offer of € 60 million for the midfielder, thus triggering a clause in the player’s contract which meant that his club would have to pay him € 5 million due to a loyalty clause after refusing a offer in excess of € 35 million.
However, Sporting were said to be reluctant to pay the money, and instead considered offering Fernandes a new contract worth € 5 million a year.
The Portuguese club was reportedly holding a 70 million euro commission, with super agent Jorge Mendes involved in the deal.
The article in Record went on to say that the player “can no longer cope” with the transfer saga, but was not ready to force a move from his club to the Spurs.
Fernandes opens on a failed move
The player admitted after closing the transfer window that he accepted an agreement to join Spurs.
But Tottenham didn’t have an agreement with Sporting for compensation for the player.
In an interview with GQ, Fernandes said: “As you all know, Tottenham made many proposals for me. Everything went well for me – or practically it should be.
“I’ve never made big requests, my manager has always had to deal with finances. It was and is my goal to play in England, Sporting know it, everyone knows it, and there were conditions for doing something.
“But Sporting understood that the value was not enough and I have to respect the decision.”
Real Madrid move
When the summer transfer window closed in England, moving to another European club seemed the only possible option for Fernandes.
Real Madrid has reportedly agreed a £ 64m deal for the midfielder on the deadline day in Spain, but a move has not materialized.
This meant that Fernandes should have stayed in Portugal at least until January.
Fernandes “practically guaranteed” to leave
The Portuguese outlet A Bola is now reporting that Bruno Fernandes is “practically guaranteed” to leave the club.
It’s likely to arrive in the summer transfer window, but it could arrive in January, with Spurs and Manchester United said to be the two “most interested” clubs.
They declare that the midfielder will be offered a salary increase in Lisbon, but the end date of his contract and the release clause will not change.
His repurchase clause is still set at 100 million euros, but apparently Sporting would be willing to accept an offer of around 70 million euros for the midfielder in January.
Mourinho is said to be a 25-year-old fan and the manager’s arrival in North London could prove to be enough to entice the midfielder to pick up Spurs on Manchester United.
New contract signed
Sporting confirmed that the midfielder has signed a new contract in the club, although it is understood that the purchase clause and the term of the contract remain unchanged, with the player receiving a salary increase due to his performance.
“It is a pride for me and an acknowledgment of my work, it is a sign that I am doing things well. I did my best to do what’s best for the club, “said the midfielder on the official website.
“That’s what I did on the field, but it also showed that I liked Sporting CP and I was proud to represent the club. club I represent. “
“For me it is and always will be a privilege to be here and to be able to wear the Sporting CP shirt,” he added.
“You can expect more and better. I promise the same delivery and dedication so that we can have more moments of glory as we had last season. “
Mourinho rules out the Spurs’ move
Tottenham fans will have hoped to see a new move for Fernandes this January.
But this doesn’t seem to be the case.
When asked about his compatriot, Jose Mourinho said: “We are not a club that will make large transfers on the market, nor is it aimed at players who are already developed or at a certain level of expectation, even economically.
“I would certainly say no because Bruno is a player of level and value that is not for us”.
Man United close
This leaves the door open for United to conclude a transfer.
And it seems that the Red Devils are taking the opportunity with both hands.
Filipe Dias, editor-in-chief of the Portuguese publication O Jogo, spoke to Sky Sports about the future of the midfielder.
He said: “The story so far is that United is really getting closer to Bruno Fernandes this time. There are discussions between the two clubs and we thought that an agreement could be close in the next few days, or even hours, because Sporting needs bad money. “
And Dias explained why Fernandes didn’t complete a switch to Spurs in the summer.
He added: “The situation has changed since last summer. They did not accept an agreement with Tottenham for 70 million euros, but they would have been paid 40 million euros in advance and then another 30 million euros.
“Sporting will now accept € 70 million, but paid in odds. United is a club that he really likes Bruno Fernandes in England, he is a club he really wants to play for.”
Matic could leave
Nemanja Matic’s future is uncertain, with Inter tied to a move for the midfielder.
And reportedly the possible departure of the Serbian is what accelerated the agreement of Bruno Fernandes.
Speaking on the podcast of the transfer window of Reach PLC, Castles said: “What I can tell you now is that Manchester United has decided to recruit in central midfield.
“It remains to be seen whether this was done in January or in the summer, but there is a strong possibility that they will do it in this window, particularly if Nemanja Matic leaves the club.
“They have to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at least one other body in what is already a run out of midfield staff. Bruno Fernandes is a strong option there. “
United in preliminary talks on the deal
Manchester United was reportedly “offered the opportunity” to sign Fernandes for € 70 million (£ 59.6 million).
The Independent reports that the two clubs are in preliminary negotiations, with agent Jorge Mendes involved.
However, United are said to be prioritizing short-term options in the January market, with Leicester star James Maddison said to be their # 1 target.
But the state of their current midfield options could force a move, with Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba both injured.
No move is expected in the coming days, with the midfielder starting and scoring a penalty in his club’s win over Setubal on Saturday night.
Last comments from the sports director
Sporting Lisbon coach Silas says he is in the dark about Manchester United’s interest in Bruno Fernandes.
He insists that, at present, the midfielder is still part of his plans at Sporting, but hasn’t ruled out a move.
“I can’t guarantee any of these things because I don’t know,” he said.
“Bruno is a great player and all players like him have a lot of market. I don’t like to think about it, but I will think of the alternatives in case Bruno leaves.
“I hope it doesn’t happen, but we have to start thinking about it.”
Spur exchange agreement
Spurs and Jose Mourinho would love to sign Bruno Fernandes.
Mourinho is a huge fan of the Portuguese star and Spurs looks at him once again, with the prospect of Juan Foyth heading to the other side on loan.
However, the fear is that United will outperform Tottenham financially if both sides clash with the £ 60 million player who started for Lisbon and scored two goals on Saturday night.
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Agreement with United not forthcoming
Reports in Portugal suggest that Sporting are preparing to have Fernandes in the ranks for the big game against Benfica on Friday night.
This means that an agreement to see him sign for Man United is not forthcoming.
Sport Witness collects the latest news from the Portuguese newspapers, with an agreement for a total of 70 million euros under discussion. It would be a price of 60 million euros to start, which equates to 51.4 million pounds at the current exchange rate, with 10 million euros in add-ons.
Sporting are also said to want Marcos Rojo from United as part of the deal.
Sports loans to sweeten the deal
Manchester United and Sporting have reportedly agreed on a 70 million euros (£ 60 million) stake for Bruno Fernandes – but the Portuguese club is thrilled with some extras added to the deal.
According to A Bola (via Renascenca), Sporting would like to include a couple of loan players in the deal. United are said to have offered support to goalkeeper Joel Pereira, but this idea was rejected, while Marcos Rojo was another possibility, but his salary apparently proved to be a problem.
The other possibilities are young Angel Gomes, who is said to be excited about a short-term deal, but Sporting wants someone more experienced and apparently settled on Andreas Pereira. With a commission already set at € 60 million plus € 10 million in add-ons (£ 51.3 million + £ 8.6 million),
Apparently the sport is slowing down an agreement so Fernandes can play in his game against Benfica rivals on Friday night.