Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes has his sights set on a move to Premier League side Manchester United, according to one journalist.
Recent reports claim United have seen an initial €35m (£31m) offer for Fernandes rejected, but the club’s executive vice-chairman Woodward is due to meet with Fernandes’ representative over the best way forward regarding negotiations with Sporting Lisbon.
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It’s believed personal terms have already been thrashed out between Fernandes’ agent and United, with the midfielder – who scored or assisted 50 goals in 53 appearances last season – reported a few weeks ago to have agreed a €6m a year salary plus bonuses over a move to Old Trafford.
But United still need to thrash out a deal with Sporting over the transfer fee, with United hoping to pay considerably less than the €80m (£71m) exit clause in his contract with the Portuguese giants.
It is suggested the Portuguese club would accept €70m (£62.7m) for the prolific midfielder, with United currently still some way short of tempting Sporting into the sale and hoping to barter them down to the £50million (€44.8m) mark.
Talks between Woodward and his agent are due to commence last week, according to a report in The Sun.
And now Gazzetta dello Sport reporter Nicolo Schira has provided a bit of an update by claiming that United are Fernandes’ number one choice when deciding on his next club.
“The first # BrunoFernandes ‘ choice remain # ManchesterUnited,” Schira wrote on Twitter.
“He is waiting for the agreement between # RedDevils and Sporting.
“Meanwhile Ed Woodward is interested in Sergej # MilinkovicSavic , but # Lazio want € 120M to sell him. # transfers # MUFC # mutd.”