If you are eager to revive one of last summer’s most frequent transfer targets then you’re in luck, as Manchester United has apparently renewed their interest in Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to Goal.com.
Although the player recently renewed his contract at the Portuguese side through 2023, while increasing his buyout clause to over $100M USD, the source claims the player is keen on the move to Old Trafford as United seek to bolster their midfield options for the second half of the season.
Manchester United continue to monitor the situations surrounding their two other main attacking midfield options Christian Eriksen and James Maddison. However, the Dane is apparently lining up a move to Inter Milan while Leicester City are reluctant to sell another one of their star players to the Red Devils after parting ways with Harry Maguire last summer.
More below from Goal.com:
United are yet to make any contact with Sporting regarding a potential transfer, but there would be no difficulty from United’s end in raising the funds required to sign the 25-year-old should Solskjaer make it clear that he needs to be acquired in January.
The interest in Fernandes comes in the wake of United planning an aggressive scouting mission in Portugal, with the club sending representatives to every game being played by Porto, Benfica and Sporting in the coming weeks in a bid to identify potential targets for both January and the summer transfer window.
United have never undertaken such an assignment, which suggests they are having to quickly reconsider their options with the January window now having been open for almost a week.
As well as their disappointment in pursuing Eriksen and Maddison, United have been left reeling by Erling Braut Haaland’s decision to join Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg.
Likely this is just posturing by Ed Woodward to try and feign intent in the market throughout the January transfer window. For all the United fans around the world hoping their club makes a big splash in the January transfer window, I wouldn’t get my hopes up.