Man City enter the battle to sign 25-year-old Man United transfer target

Red Devils are ready to face stiff competition from Man City for the signature of Bruno Fernandes, with the Premier League champions also interested in the playmaker. Man United have been pursuing Portugal international for some time, initially considering a move last summer but a deal couldn’t be done with Sporting.

Their interest has been reignited this month, but they are again struggling to agree on a price with the Liga NOS club, who are holding out for nearly £68m for Bruno. Red Devils are currently refusing to meet their demands, offering nearly £50m, but maybe encouraged to bend to club’s will by the interest of Cityzens, who would pay the money.

Man City are willing to go as high as €100m for Fernandes, although they would be looking to do so at the end of the campaign. Portuguese club would be delighted to keep hold of the prolific playmaker until the end of the season and then get a much higher fee for him than Man United are willing to pay in the summer.

The 25-year-old playmaker is thought to be keen on the move to Man United, and personal terms have even been agreed, but this could quickly change due to the interest of the Premier League champions.

The Portuguese playmaker has been in remarkable goal-scoring form over the last three campaigns, netting 64 times in 135 matches from midfield for Sporting. After defeat to Braga on the weekend, sporting manager Silas was asked whether he expects Bruno still to be at the club against Braga on Tuesday.