Reliable football journalist David Ornstein says that reports claiming Manchester United are on the verge of signing Bruno Fernandes are “wide of the mark”.
The Sunday Times yesterday claimed that Man Utd had increased their bid for Fernandes from £42.5m to £46.4m which is still lower than Sporting’s demands.
This morning O Jogo (translated by Sport Witness) were rather confident that a deal taking the Portugal International to Old Trafford is ‘imminent’.
Ornstein is usually spot on when it comes to football transfers and this wouldn’t be the first time the Portuguese press got ahead of themselves whilst covering the Fernandes to United saga.
The Athletic reporter adds that the only way a deal gets done from here is if Sporting decide their financial situation is more important than their need for the asking price to be met.
Annoying as it is, this deal could have been wrapped up long ago if United really wanted Fernandes. Even if we’re talking a possible £20m in differences… PAY IT!
The Glazers have penny-pinched for long enough.
The former BBC Sport reporter says there’s ‘a realistic possibility’ that United won’t sign anyone before the January deadline.
As part of the report, Ornstein provides an update on Edinson Cavani, who is now likely to join La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.
United made a late enquiry about the Paris Saint-Germain striker but were unconvinced by Cavani’s salary and injury record.