Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã brings today one more story to make us believe that the Bruno Fernandes saga could see a result relatively soon.
They claim that in a meeting this week, Sporting president Frederico Varandas has spoken to football director Hugo Viana and agent Miguel Pinho, telling them to ‘accelerate’ the process of the sale.
Correio da Manhã claims that Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and Paris Saint Germain are all disputing the signing.
And although the Reds seemed like underdogs this whole time, it turns out that there are a couple of claims about their chase which favour them in the race.
It’s claimed Liverpool have already made a €45m bid, and Bruno Fernandes’ contract has a clause which says that if Sporting reject a bid of over €35m, they have to pay him €5m compensation. And Correio says they’re not doing that.
Then it’s claimed that agent Miguel Pinho is now gathering the offers, with Sporting only wanting money, with the price tag being €70m.
However, Correio da Manhã also claims that a deal with Liverpool could be streamlined with the inclusion of Rafael Camacho in the transfer, and the next few days could be crucial.
The newspaper had just said that Sporting don’t want players involved, and then mentions the inclusion of Camacho. Why?
Perhaps the difference is that Sporting are actually interested in the winger, and as reported by the Portuguese press, there are real negotiations for his move to Lisbon. So instead of just taking random players as part of a payment, the Lions would be actually getting a summer target.
However, in Germany it’s being reported by Kicker today that Camacho is off to Schalke, which won’t go down too well at Sporting.