Manchester United have received a fresh blow within the transfer pursuit of Bruno Fernandes with Sporting Lisbon reluctant to lower their £68m selling price for the Portuguese midfielder.
The Red Devils were regularly linked with the 25-year-old’s services last summer but they decided against meeting Sporting’s £39m tag thanks to concerns over the player’s distribution.
Since then, the previous Sampdoria man has gone on to sign a replacement long-term deal until June 2023 with Sporting and therefore the Portuguese side have now significantly increased their valuation of the player.
According to Sky Sports News, United are willing to supply £43m plus an extra £17m in add-ons for the midfielder but Sporting aren’t prepared to simply accept anything but £68m.
The same outlet claims there has been an impasse within the negotiations but talks could resume next week with the Red Devils identifying Fernandes as their prime target for the January transfer window.
United are clearly stating that they won’t pay inflated fees for any of their transfer targets this month but the continued saga has come to the purpose where each side are reluctant to barter .
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is certainly in need of the creative outlet behind the club’s forwards but they need to find a fast resolution over Fernandes’ pursuit or look elsewhere to strengthen the attack.
Fernandes is certainly worth £68m together with his contribution of 13 goals and 10 assists within the league and European games this term but the United board clearly don’t share an equivalent stance.
Source : redrants.com