Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes keen to join Man United in January

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However, Fernandes is not the only creative midfielder on United's radar and the Red Devils are also keeping a very close eye on 20-year-old Havertz, as well as Maddison and Grealish. Reports state Fernandes is desperate to join the Red Devils though the deal is being held up for a couple of reasons.

United continue to sit third on that particular list, behind Barcelona and Real Madrid, but could slip behind arch-rivals Manchester City - who are sixth at present - next year.

That said, United potentially sending a big chunk of money to a club with lesser finances can be a big deal.

Newspaper A Bola report that United offered Sporting their fourth-choice goalkeeper Joel Pereira, defender Marcos Rojo and playmaker Angel Gomes - but none of them interested the Portuguese club.

Solskjaer claims that he will be backed in the winter market if the right targets can be identified, with the United board prepared to match on-field ambition with financial support off it.

He has been part of the negotiations for Fernandes with Sporting Lisbon and he could be on his way to Portugal on loan.

However, with the recent injury setbacks for Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay in the midfield, it appears that the club have retained their interest and this time around, the deal appears to be more realistic.

Bruno Fernandes is arguably one of the top talents now honing their craft in Portugal.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his assistant, Mike Phelan, watched Fernandes play against FC Porto on 5 January.

Asked about Fernandes, Solskjaer replied: "Bruno Fernandes?"

"Especially if he wants to come to your club, I think that is vital".

"The owners and Ed, they know what we're building towards".

"I think he's made good signings already but if he can somehow get this guy in the door as well, I think it would be ideal".