Manchester United hope to complete stunning Bruno Fernandes transfer after shock twist

Manchester United are still hoping to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United still believe they can sign Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top January transfer target Bruno Fernandes after Sporting Lisbon lowered their demands.

Solskjaer is believed to be desperate to bring Portuguese star Fernandes to Old Trafford this month, having seen his current midfield depleted by injuries this season.

Last week, the Red Devils offered Sporting £42.5milion up front and a further £8.5m in bonuses to secure Fernandes’ signature.

But Manchester United’s pursuit of the 25-year-old appeared set to end in failure, with Sporting keen to attract more money up front and showing no willingness to lower their £68m valuation.

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The Sun say United’s deal for Fernandes has now been resurrected, however, as cash-strapped Sporting have asked the Premier League club to enter into fresh talks over a January deal.

It is claimed a deal worth around £60m will now likely be enough to see Fernandes, who wants to join Manchester United, seal a switch to the Theatre of Dreams.

Fernandes joined Sporting from Italian club Sampdoria in 2017 and has since developed into a key player for the Portuguese side.

The midfielder will reportedly miss Sporting’s clash with Maritimo on Sunday as he edges closer to joining Solskjaer’s struggling Red Devils.

Fernandes was left ‘annoyed’ at both Man United and Sporting after his dream move to Old Trafford appeared to fall through, but will be relieved to see talks resuming between the clubs.

United, who lost 2-0 at home to Burnley on Wednesday, face League One outfit Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The January transfer window closes on Friday night.

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