Manchester United risk losing out on Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
That is according to The Sun who report that there is an internal split at the club, with the Board not prepared to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s valuation of the player.
The Norwegian believes he is worth the £70 million price tag that the Portuguese side has slapped on Fernandes, whilst the United hierarchy argue that he is not worth more than £50 million. That is despite the fact that Fernandes has been compared to Frank Lampard because of his goal scoring exploits, finding the net 31 times from midfield last season.
United have already paid out £20 million this summer on Swansea winger Daniel James, and another £50 million on Crystal Palace fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka. They are also set to fork out £80 million on Leicester and England full-back Harry Maguirre, although part of that is performance-related and will not be paid up-front.
However, the stance of the Board on Fernandes indicates that the club is only prepared to back Solskjaer so far in the transfer market.
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