Amid the build to this week’s Europa League game, there have been a couple of potentially important transfer developments for United.
One appears positive, and the other more negative. Lets begin with the bad news.
Bruno Fernandes signs new deal
If you thought United’s chances of signing Bruno Fernandes were slim already, they might be almost over now.
Sporting confirmed on their club website yesterday that he has signed a new contract.
The length of the deal is the same, it still runs to 2023. The difference is he has secured a bumper pay rise, and as reported by Yahoo Sport, his new deal contains a release clause of £85 million.
He may have been available for cheaper in the summer, but United chose not to pursue a move, The Mail reported, due to concerns he gave the ball away too much.
Fernandes has just been nominated in the UEFA Team of the Year and has scored eight goals with six assists this season.
Paying a bit extra, too late, for a transfer target is something Ed Woodward has done before, so don’t completely rule out a move, but Sporting’s hand has just been substantially strengthened.
The only positive here, is that he might now be too expensive for Jose Mourinho to sign for Tottenham.
Now for the positive development, The Times reports United have prioritised making a move for Erling Haaland in January and claim the club is ‘ready to bid’.
It is claimed that scouts have filed positive reports over the young striker after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer requested an assessment ahead of a potential move.
The report notes that while United do not like to spend big in January, the club is prepared to make Haaland an exception.
It is claimed United expect to pay ‘£60 million plus’ for the Red Bull Salzburg striker.
Haaland is in action tonight in the Champions League, where he has seven goals in four games this season. He already has 19 goals in 13 league and cup games in Austria.
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