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Jul 12 2019
Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Bruno Fernandes could join (Image: GETTY) Bruno Fernandes boostMan Utd have received a boost in their pursuit of Bruno Fernandes after Sporting Lisbon identified a replacement for the midfielder.SportItalia journalist Alfredo Pedulla tweeted: "Trajkovski to Sporting Lisbon to replace Bruno Fernandes".
Bruno Fernandes scored 20 goals and also added 13 assists for his Portuguese club in 33 league games during the last campaign.
Fernandes has four years left on his current deal with the Portuguese side.
Whilst the Rome club initially suggested they would hold out for a bid of at least £70m, United are now only prepared to spend £64m for the box-to-box player. "I am ready to move on".
This potential offer falls short of Sporting Lisbon's €70 million valuation of Fernandes, meaning Manchester United might have to table a bid worth a higher amount to land their man.
No move appears to be imminent, though, at a time when United are still contemplating whether to sell Paul Pogba to either Real Madrid or Juventus.
That leaves Manchester United in a strong position with the lack of competition for his signature.
On a team level, the midfielder won both the Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga (Portugal's FA and League Cup equivalents) with Sporting CP and lifted the inaugural Nations League for his country on home soil.
That's according to Kevin Kilbane, who believes City and Real have been linked with much higher calibre players in this summer's transfer window.
The 24-year-old had attracted interest from a number of top clubs, especially in the Premier League.
United are continuing to prove to be hard with them intent on securing a huge sum of money for the former Everton forward, that they only signed two Summers ago.
While a report from England claimed that United are now the outright favourites for Fernandes due to a lack of interest elsewhere, the latest from Portugal claims that the player's representatives are to travel to the UK for talks with three clubs. "You have to accept [that they've got to do it that way now]".