Manchester United are reportedly set to step up their long-vested interest in Sporting Clube de Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes this January.
The Red Devils have long since been linked with a move for the 25-year-old, however a transfer had previously been yet to materialise.
Nevertheless, with United struggling under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, the club are now set to step up their pursuit of Fernandes and are prepared to offer £60m in exchange for his signature according to The Guardian.
United have refused to comment on their apparent interest in the attacking midfielder but Fernandes’ current employers Sporting are apparently resigned to losing him in the January transfer window.
The club’s manager, Jorge Silas, said of the interest in Fernandes: “I can’t guarantee any of these things because I don’t know. Bruno is a huge player and all players like him have a lot of [interest from the] market.
“I don’t like to think about it, but I’ll be thinking of alternatives in case Bruno leaves. I hope it doesn’t happen, but we have to start thinking that.”
Fernandes has been a key player for the club since arriving from Sampdoria in July 2017. In 134 appearances for Sporting, he has scored 63 goals and provided 51 assists.
Manchester United are at odds of 1/6 with William Hill to secure the signature of Fernandes this window.