Man Utd considering January move for Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes who has £102m release clause

The midfielder is out of favour and will be available in a cut-price deal (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United are considering moving for Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes, who is reportedly available for a cut-price fee after falling out of favour at the Portuguese club.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made no secret of his desire to add reinforcements in the January window, with midfield one area in which United are struggling – particularly after Scott McTominay’s latest injury.

According to Sky Sports, 20-year-old Fernandes – who is already a Portugal international – is on United’s wishlist as they look to bolster their ranks.

Fernandes has been given little game time after impressing last season (Picture: Getty)

Although he enjoyed a breakout season last year and quickly marked himself out as a player for the future, he has only started twice in the 2019/20 campaign.

Fernandes is believed to have fallen out of favour with head coach Bruno Lage and has not featured at all in any of Benfica’s last seven matches.

Although Benfica inserted a £102million release clause into his contract, he would cost just a third of that price should he leave Portugal in January.

His representatives are reportedly already in the UK and keen to try and secure a move to the Premier League, which would be a loan deal with an option to buy for £34m.

Asked about the prospect of doing business in January, Solskjaer said earlier this month: ‘As a manager you always hope that you can do something, but then again it’s not something that is nailed on.

Solskjaer is open to making signings if the right players are available (Picture: Getty)

‘It has to be the right player, the right age, going to fit into the squad and for the right value. So we’re always looking.

‘We’re getting players back, we’re getting Paul [Pogba] back, we’re getting Timothy [Fosu-Mensah] back, Eric Bailly back, Diogo [Dalot] back. So that’s four extra bodies back for the coming months anyway.’

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