Manchester United are in real danger of losing the opportunity to land Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes because the management believe he is too expensive, according to the Portuguese press.
The publication Correio da Manha claim the £70m asking price set by Sporting CP is above what United are content to pay, and that they are reluctant to spend more than £50 million on a player who has relatively little experience performing at the highest level.
This is despite coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identifying Bruno as one of his number one targets to fill the central midfield void left by Spain international Ander Herrera, who left Manchester United to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
The club could find they have money to burn if the French star Paul Pogba eventually transfers to Real Madrid, but by then it may be too late to land Fernandes, who has also been connected with the likes of Tottenham.
It is easy to see why Bruno is in demand during this transfer market. The 24-year-old was one of the best players in Liga NOS last season and scored 31 goals in 50 matches in all competitions for Sporting CP.
He has also broken into his country’s national side, and helped Portugal win the UEFA Nations League in June.
United have already splashed out £15 million on Daniel James and £50 million on Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and are also close to securing a huge £80m deal for the Premier League side Leicester centre-half Harry Maguire, meaning transfer funds are close to their limit.