Manchester United are finally closing in on a £60million deal for Bruno Fernandes – and he could even leave the Portuguese giants before Friday’s derby with Benfica.
United chief Ed Woodward had held talks with Fernandes’ agents and Sporting president Frederico Varandas in London last week.
According to the Portuguese media, a deal for the 25-year-old midfielder has now moved a step closer, with the main terms of the agreement ‘already negotiated and understood’.
They also claim that United will make an official offer this week and that the deal could include out-of-favour defender Marcos Rojo heading back to his old club.
Record believe that Fernandes, who started and scored twice in Saturday’s win at Vitoria, remains fully committed to Sporting and is ready to line up in the Lisbon derby against fierce rivals Benfica on Friday night.
However, that could change if negotiations with United are completed quickly this week, potentially leaving the club without their captain for one of the biggest games of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to strengthen his midfield options following injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, and has gone back to Fernandes after considering him last summer.
Reports in Portugal suggest United will pay Sporting around £51m up-front for the Portugal international, with another £9m in potential add-ons.
Rojo, who joined United from Sporting for £16m in 2014, may also be part of the deal, with club officials keen to bring him back to the Jose Alvalade Stadium.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo say that the club are concerned about Rojo’s salary at United, and could ask the Red Devils to continue covering a percentage of it.
However, if a deal cannot be agreed then they are willing to consider taking another player in order to meet their £60m valuation of Fernandes.