The Bruno Fernandes transfer saga is suddenly moving quickly.
The Telegraph report a deal will be done for an initial £46.6 million rising to £68 million, with a deal agreed in principle.
Further details have been emerging over the last few hours.
BBC Sport report Fernandes is set to fly in to undertake a medical within 48 hours.
The Telegraph claim he could even make his debut against Wolves on Saturday, and that there is a possibility he may fly into England take the medical as soon as tomorrow.
BBC Sport claim Fernandes might not be the only incoming player. The report states: “United are still looking at other targets.”
The quicker United can get the Fernandes deal over the line, the more focus can be put into a signing another player.
United need a striker as a priority, with Marcus Rashford injured, while it is still possible the club could look to target a defensive midfielder.
All of this should have been tied up and arranged weeks in advance, but better late than never.
The other line being reported by BBC Sport is that United are reportedly impressed by Fernandes’ improvement over the past few months.
It was claimed: “They have assessed Fernandes closely this season and feel he has improved by becoming more mature, influential and tactically astute.”
This feels like spin from United’s end, to try and justify why the club did not pay up for him last summer.
The fee is no cheaper this January than it was, and United would be a lot better off in the league if Fernandes had been brought in last July.
To Fernandes’ credit, he did not sulk at not landing his big move, and has continued to play well. He has fully justified his transfer, with 13 goals already this season.
United’s top scoring midfielder has three goals, a tally Scott McTominay and Dan James share.
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