Sporting Lisbon president plays hardball for Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes

Sporting Lisbon president plays hardball for Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes as the club’s president refuses to settle for a low price-tag.

The sensational Portuguese star has been a target of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s all summer long but negotiations have dragged on so far.

United and Sporting are believed to be apart in their evaluation of Fernandes with fans likely feeling as though they experienced déjà vu.

Solskjaer’s side have consistently taken far too long to complete each of their signings so far with both Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s transfer taking more time than they needed to.

The Red Devils are better off either paying the fees requested or moving on to a target they feel better suits their value and budget instead of turning every deal into a transfer saga.

According to Sport Witness, Frederico Varandas said: “I don’t know if there are many or if there are few [interested clubs].

“What I know, a lot has been spoken of values, coming to the press, €55m, €62m… for that he doesn’t leave, for sure.”

The reported amount Lisbon are said to want is €70m which isn’t really far off from what Varandas just said he would not accept.

The problem with bringing Bruno in is that he could end up experiencing the same troubles Fred went through coming from a smaller team and a weaker league.

The Brazilian’s rather large price-tag for an unknown player ended up affecting his performances so hopefully the same thing doesn’t happen to the 24 year old should he make the move.

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