What's the latest with United's Fernandes pursuit?

Manchester United’s pursuit of Bruno Fernandes is ongoing. But it sounds like it is very unclear what will happen next.

Sky Sports report Fernandes is ‘desperate’ to join. That’s what we want to hear.

Supporters are desperate to Fernandes to sign too. And the injuries in United’s squad means the players are probably desperate for some top quality help too.

We just are not convinced the board or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feel the same way.

Sky report United have offered £43 million plus £17 million in add-ons, instead of simply paying Sporting’s £60 million asking price.

If United were serious, or flush with cash, we would just pay the asking price to bring in a top quality player.

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Missing link

Against Liverpool, United rode their luck at times defensively. From an attacking perspective the lack of a Fernandes type player was shown up.

Andreas Pereira had one nice pass to put Anthony Martial through on goal, but apart from that he contributed nothing.

Fernandes is a far better player and could have made a difference. And if not in this game, in one of the countless others United have blown this season.

Remarkably we remain in fifth place in the table. Chelsea just aren’t very good yet they are in fourth, five points ahead.

If Fernandes had been signed in the summer we would be in the top four now.

This squad can still make it, but Marcus Rashford’s injury leaves the prospect as unlikely unless we strengthen.

So why is the club haggling over just £17 million’s worth of add ons over Fernandes. It seems like United aren’t that serious about him, or just don’t have the money to spend.

After the game Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told The Telegraph he was considering short term loan signings.

Perhaps this might help as a supplemental addition to Fernandes. But we aren’t certain he is coming at all.

There has already been serious momentum lost in the Fernandes negotiations, it needs to pick up quickly.

United need to have a change of heart over the £17 million they are haggling over, and just accept that January is a tough market and sometimes you have to pay the seller’s price.

If the potential reward is Champions League football, surely it’s worth paying up for, especially when the alternative is an increasingly angry fanbase. £60 million is a more than reasonable overall price for Fernandes.

The way it is going, we fear being left signing nobody.

Optimism rating of United signing Fernandes: 4/10

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