Manchester United are closing in on Bruno Fernandes.
Manchester United will reportedly offer Bruno Fernandes a five-year contract worth £100,000-per-week as they attempt to finalise the signing of the midfielder. The Sun reports the midfielder is expected to sign a deal before the end of the week.
United and Sporting Lisbon are still negotiating over the transfer of Fernandes, with the fee believed to be the only stumbling block.
The Red Devils are keen to make the midfielder their first signing of the January window, and talks are ongoing.
Express Sport understands officials from Sporting had travelled to United’s Mayfair offices on Friday to iron out details of the deal.
But discussions are still ongoing, with fans hoping the transfer will be sorted in time for the midfielder to play in this Sunday’s fixture against Liverpool.
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Fernandes is one of two midfielders United are looking to recruit this window, with Boubakary Soumare also being targeted.
The 20-year-old Frenchman, currently at Lille, is a much more defensive-minded player than Fernandes.
United are expected to have to fork out at least £50million for the Portuguese ace, who has had a stellar start to the campaign.
The 25-year-old has eight goals and seven assists in 15 league games this season.
And despite having only signed a new deal back in December, he is reportedly keen for a move to Old Trafford.
Fernandes was wanted by United during the previous summer transfer window, and was also a target for Tottenham.
Spurs had even been tipped to swoop in and make a move for the central playmaker to steal him from under United’s noses, though it now appears they will look elsewhere for an alternative midfielder.
That leaves United in pole position to secure his signature, and they could have the deal done before the end of the week.
Speaking over the weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted the aim for United is still to look for players who will be part of a long-term rebuild at the club.
He told the club’s official website that he was continuing to look for the right players rather than big names who will have a short-term impact.
“Of course we’re always looking for the right deal and players who fit for Man United and that’s not going to be a short-term fix,” Solskjaer said.
“I’m fed up saying it but we are looking to build and looking forward and we need players who will stay here for a long time.”