It is a surprise it took this long. The Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United transfer rumours are back.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo have run a big story claiming United are back in for Fernandes and could sign him this January.
Fernandes was linked to United all summer long, before the club finally distanced themselves from the reports days before the transfer window closed.
What is being reported this time?
The report claims United have made initial contact with Sporting, with no bids made yet.
Sporting are said to be uncompromising in their demands for 70 million Euros (£59.4 million), and want it all paid up front.
Fernandes is said to be both happy to move and content to stay, relaxed over his future, having recently signed a contract extension.
The report adds that ‘the coming days may be decisive’. We’ve heard that before.
What’s behind the story?
After the summer, it is impossible to take the Fernandes reports at face value.
The report adds that Fernandes’ sale would ease Sporting’s financial pressures.
That is key, and it is fair to deduce this story may have been planted by Sporting to try and flush out any interest from United – or force rival clubs to make a bid.
United are desperate for more midfield additions though, and Fernandes would be an elite signing to an attacking position where our current options are sub-standard.
What will happen?
What should happen and what will happen are very different things. United should simply pay up. £59.4 million is very reasonable especially bearing in mind his £85 million release clause is much higher.
In terms of what will happen, from United’s end, probably nothing. We have lost faith in the club making the right decisions.
Fernandes has 12 goals and 10 assists this season and would have a positive influence on United’s side.
But for United to make an offer, the club would have to admit they were wrong. The Mail reported United decided against a move due to concerns he gives the ball away too much.
There were stages last summer where a possible move looked much more likely than it does now, and nothing materialised.
And while these reports are encouraging, our message would be ‘don’t get your hopes up’.
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