Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon captain Bruno Fernandes after the Portuguese side accepted a £62 million (€70 million) bid for the midfielder.
Discussions over the proposed move have rumbled on throughout the summer, delayed in part by United’s preferred transfer policy of focussing on one transfer deal at a time. However, with the transfer deadline now less than two weeks away for English clubs, they have had to modify their stance, and brought forward the timetable for signing the player.
The 24 year old is now set to travel to Manchester for a medical in the next few days and will then sign a long-term deal with the club.
United have also had to budge on the price which is close to Sporting’s original valuation of the player, having threatened to walk away from the deal at one point because they thought he was over-priced.
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