Bruno Fernandes’ move from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United has been discussed by Jorge Mendes. The super-agent has admitted he’s unsure if a deal will happen now but that the 25-year-old WILL be on the move soon enough.

Manchester United want to sign Fernandes but they still have some work to do if they’re to make the Sporting Lisbon star their big-money signing of the January transfer window.

The Red Devils are so far unwilling to meet Sporting’s huge £70million asking price for their star performer.

There is still a hope at United that a transfer can be completed, though, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eager for reinforcements in the middle of the park.

And Mendes, who is acting as an intermediary between the two clubs, has now broken his silence on any potential deal.

“If he doesn’t leave now, he will leave for sure in the summer,” he said.

“Because Sporting have already spoken with other clubs.

“Something will happen but I am not sure if now or at the end of the season.”

United, back in the summer, always insisted that they weren’t keen on signing Fernandes.

Yet they now appear to have changed their mind, realising Jack Grealish and James Maddison are out of reach until the end of the season at the earliest.

However, Sporting are digging their heels in.

They’re reluctant to sanction the departure of the 25-year-old unless a team coughs up the money that they’re asking for.

And whether United are able to get Fernandes in the door is something only time will tell.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson slammed United for dawdling on Fernandes, insisting the delay to any transfer wouldn’t have happened when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.

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“For me, this didn’t happen when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge,” the Arsenal icon said.

“If they wanted a player, they went and got that player and it was done.

“This is the problem with Man Utd now, even for me they’re the greatest club in the world, they’re not that high anymore.

“Teams look at Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Man City, and they have to fight for a player now.

“They may have to pay over the top.

“Before they might say ‘right, I want to pay 30 million for a player’ and the player would kick up a fuss because he wanted to go to Man Utd.

“That’s not the case anymore.”



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