As per a report from Laurie Whitwell of the Athletic, talks between Manchester United and Sporting CP over Bruno Fernandes are not off, but have hit a roadblock.
United eyeing reinforcements
Speculation surrounding the future of attacking midfielder Fernandes has been rampant this month.
On the back of widespread links to the Premier League last summer, the 25-year-old has again been hotly-tipped to make his way to England since the opening of the winter transfer window.
This comes amid another stellar campaign to this point, during which Fernandes has directly contributed to 28 goals in just 27 appearances.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have been the club pushing hardest for the Sporting star’s signature.
It has long been common knowledge that Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for attack-minded midfield reinforcements, amid Jesse Lingard’s struggles.
But, with first-choice targets James Maddison and Christian Eriksen looking unattainable, Solskjaer and co. have switched their attentions firmly back to Fernandes.
Thus far, however, despite reports of intense negotiations, an agreement with Sporting is yet to be found.
Talks rumble on
And, as outlined above, Laurie Whitwell, Manchester United correspondent for the reliable Athletic, has this evening provided an update on the situation.
It is claimed that talks between United and Sporting have reached ‘an impasse’.
This is at least in some part down to potential add-ons in any deal.
However, in a more encouraging note for fans of the Red Devils, Whitwell adds that ‘an agreement could still happen’:
FWIW on Bruno Fernandes: told negotiations are at an “impasse” rather than off. Partly relates to add-ons (including Ballon d’Or clause). Personal feeling is that an agreement could still happen. @TheAthleticUK #MUFC
— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) January 24, 2020