Since the Portuguese press hasn’t been bringing big updates on the Bruno Fernandes saga in the past few days, we can only pay attention to the details of their stories.

Correio da Manhã brings an article today which says ‘Bruno opens war in Manchester’.

The newspaper says Manchester City took the lead in negotiations, having prepared a bid of €55m plus bonuses.

Manchester United, on the other hand, don’t want to miss the chance, and would use Sporting’s bad financial situation to sign him.

It’s said to be ‘certain’ Manchester United won’t pay his €100m release clause, but could still offer more than City. It’s also claimed that Bruno Fernandes could play with more regularity at Old Trafford.

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That’s all Correio da Manhã has to say for now, as far as their own claims go.

The Portuguese media are thrilled the BBC have been highlighting the player, and all the newspapers are mentioning this. They know he’s good in Portugal, but there’s a nice warm feeling when it’s backed up by such a broadcasting name.

Newspaper A Bola has a two-page story about Fernandes today as well, saying he doesn’t want to be rested as he wants to make his season statistics even better.

The midfielder has 32 goals and 17 assists for the Lions this season.

They also explain that Manchester United and City will have officials at Saturday’s Sporting match, away to Porto.

A good test for the player in terms of Portuguese league football.

There’s not a great deal new at the moment with Bruno, and that may stay the same until after the cup final on May 25th, also against Porto.