United may be forced to blink first given their desperation to land a central midfielder this month, with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay both now on the sidelines, while Marcus Rashford's injury has seen a fresh focus on the need for attacking contributions.
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Fernandes would certainly fit the bill as he's provided 15 goals and 13 assists this season so I think he'd be a superb addition to the Manchester United squad if they could get this proposed deal over the line.
If the latest reports in the media are anything to go by then the Red Devils have started talking with Sporting CP again and this time, they might finally close the signing of the Portuguese global.
Sporting CP coach Silas understands Bruno Fernandes' desire to play in the Premier League, but claims the Portuguese worldwide doesn't know if he played his last game for the Lions.
That is according to Portuguese publication Correio da Manha, as translated by Sport Witness, who claimed that City are also willing to agree terms now and allow the player to remain at Sporting for the remainder of the season.
Manchester United transfer in jeopardy?
The club have recently suffered a huge injury blow with Marcus Rashford out for around two months with a double stress fracture and that could quicken the process of landing Fernandes, given the club are lacking a creative player, who can constantly make the difference in the final third of the field.
Fernandes has been Manchester United's top target this month and the club have been in negotiations with Sporting Lisbon over the last fortnight. However, if TVI 24 are to be believed, that is not necessarily the case, with Manchester United and Sporting reaching an impasse over the initial fee. Based on the published article, an offer was placed on the table which is worth £60 million with which United is expected to pay £43 million upfront and £17 million in add ons as the English club is said to be unwilling to release other players as part of the deal.