Bruno Fernandes’ move to Manchester United will be completed after Sporting’s game against Benfica this week, according to a prominent Portuguese journalist.
Fernandes’ proposed switch to Old Trafford has been one of the key talking points throughout the January transfer window so far, with rumours of a £65million bid from United.
He was even allegedly scouted in person by Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who wanted to take one final look at the 25-year-old before signing off on a deal.
United are in no rush to complete the signing with more than half the month to go before the January transfer window closes, but it appears the move could be wrapped up over the coming days.
According to Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes, the deal will be closed after Sporting’s next game, which is against fierce rivals Benfica on Friday.
This means Fernandes could arrive at Old Trafford over the weekend, which would rule him out making his debut vs Liverpool on Sunday.
He could, however, play against Burnley three days later when the Red Devils host Sean Dyche’s side.
Solskjaer has been hunting for a player to improve Man United’s midfield and Fernandes appears to fit the bill perfectly.
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He scored 31 goals last season and has continued his fine form in front of goal this term, and Fernandes was recently compared to Red Devils legend Bryan Robson.
“Sporting are still hoping to get the thick end of €70m (£60m) for Bruno Fernandes, and I can understand why,” European football expert Andy Brassell told talkSPORT.
“He is a player who has been outstanding last season and this; 31 goals from midfield last season and 17 in 21 so far this term, in not a great Sporting team.
“I will allow myself a little Bryan Robson comparison with the way he charges late into the penalty area, but with greater frequency.
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“But with him, the thing is he’s not an all-Portugal product. When he was a teenager he went to Serie A, and it has made him very good tactically and very good on the ball.
“It is clear to anyone who watches Man United on a semi-regular basis that where they need to improve is midfield; they need that presence, that technique, that will to get in the box…
“And he’s got all of those.
“Clearly he is going to need other players to play with, but he is someone who I feel pretty confident could make a fairly instant impact at Manchester United.”
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