Man United in advanced talks with 25-year-old Liga NOS playmaker

Red Devils hope to hold further negotiations with Sporting Lisbon this week after failing to agree on a fee with the Liga NOS giants for playmaker Bruno Fernandes. Ed Woodward, Man United’s executive vice-chairman, held discussions with Sporting president Frederico Varandas on Friday at the club’s Mayfair offices in London.

Red Devils were interested in Bruno last summer but pulled out of a deal because Sporting were seeking nearly £70m for the playmaker, and Man United believed the fee didn’t represent value for money.

However, Lions are driving the discussions this month as there’s an urgency on their side to cash in on Fernandes and Red Devils felt this motivation would lead to the price being lowered.

But the initial negotiations ended with the two clubs still a considerable distance apart in agreeing on a fee. It’s believed Red Devils are willing to pay nearly £50m for the 25-year-old playmaker, while Sporting are holding out for a deal closer to £60m and are keen on taking a Man United footballer on loan, too.

Nevertheless, Portuguese playmaker is keen on joining Red Devils, and he hopes that a deal can be agreed in the next fortnight so that he can move to Theatre of Dreams. Man United boss has significant funds to spend after failing to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku following the striker’s £74m move to Italy last summer.

Sporting are keen on keeping Bruno at least until their game with Benfica this Friday, and it could be that a move is accelerated this weekend.