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Man Utd edge ahead of Liverpool in race to sign Portuguese ace; direct involvement in 42 goals last term

Manchester United have edged ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according The Independent.

Sporting manager Marcel Keizer had already admitted that it will be difficult to keep hold of Fernandes beyond this summer’s transfer window, accepting that his star player is likely to move on. Liverpool were thought to be amongst the favourites to sign the Portugal international but the report from Jack Rathborn (@JackRathborn) clams United have edged ahead because Fernandes’ future was linked with Liverpool sending Rafa Camacho the opposite way.

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This suggests that Liverpool’s interest in Fernandes may have cooled, but United still don’t have a clear run at the Primeira Liga star’s signature.

The Express recently linked Tottenham with a move for Fernandes, with his agent Miguel Pinho London-bound during the week for talks. United were said to be meeting Fernandes’ entourage for talks, too.

The in-demand Sporting ace had a superb season in 2018/19, catching the eye with an impressive record of 28 goals and 14 assists across all competitions, as per Caught Offside.

It’s difficult to see Spurs sticking with United in the race to sign Fernandes when they’re already working on a deal to bring Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele to White Hart Lane (via Gianluca Di Marzio).

The Sun claims Sporting will demand at least £70m for Fernandes.

Fingers crossed we can get this one over the line before pre-season starts.

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