Manchester United have been chasing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes since the start of the winter transfer window. There have been frequent reports of the Portuguese club rejecting United’s first offer for the midfielder. Sporting Lisbon manager Silas has now commented on the player’s transfer to the Premier League giants.
Sporting Lisbon defeated Maritimo on Monday night in Premeira Liga. However, club coach Silas stated that he could not confirm if Bruno Fernandes had made his last appearance against Maritimo. He further asserted that he wanted the midfielder to stay. He also lauded the Portuguese and said that Fernandes is a different player, with a great vision. He also acceded that it would be a huge loss for them if the player did secure a move to another club.
#mufc and Sporting are now discussing the bonuses structure for Bruno Fernandes. United have been offering more achievable bonuses such as the club qualifying for the Champions League. Sporting do not consider these easily achievable #mulive [duncan castles, @TransferPodcast]— utdreport (@utdreport) January 27, 2020
Sporting have been trying to convince Bruno Fernandes that an offer of €50-55m for him is disrespectful to the player, and compared it to #mufc's purchases of Wan-Bissaka and Maguire in terms of undervaluing him #mulive [duncan castles, @TransferPodcast]— utdreport (@utdreport) January 27, 2020
According to recent revelations by Duncan Castles, Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon are now discussing the bonus structure for Bruno Fernandes. United had earlier made a bid totalling to £46.5 million to convince Sporting Lisbon. It is now reported that the Red Devils are ready to include bonuses and add ons which would take the amount up to the figure of £55 million. Sporting Lisbon are trying to convince Fernandes that the said amount is disrespectful for the player as compared to the club's previous purchases such as that of Aaron wan Bissaka (approximately £45 million) and Harry Maguire (£75 million).
The winter transfer window ends on Friday, January 31, 2020. United are optimistic that they would be able to complete the player’s signing before the deadline as they deal with the unavailability of midfielders Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay due to their respective injuries. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward would not want to give up on a player who has netted 15 goals along with 14 assists in 27 appearances across all competitions.