Man United negotiations for Bruno Fernandes reportedly ‘at an impasse’

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.

SETUBAL, PORTUGAL – JANUARY 11: Bruno Fernandes of Sporting CP celebrates after scoring a goal during the Liga NOS match between Vitoria FC and Sporting CP at Estadio do Bonfim on January 11, 2020 in Setubal, Portugal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

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’:

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