There was a lot of frustration coming from Manchester United fans once they knew Tottenham Hotspur had made serious moves to sign Bruno Fernandes yesterday.
But since the Spurs’ offer was rejected, it seems there’s some expectation coming from Lisbon that the Red Devils could still make a late move to get the Sporting captain.
This possibility is mentioned by several newspapers today, so we’ll explain what each one of them is saying.
Outlet A Bola calls United ‘passive’. They say the club were caught by surprise when seeing Tottenham’s attempt, and this move has ‘triggered the sirens’ at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are still to make an official move for Fernandes, and this attitude could ‘radically change’ in the coming days, according to their report.
After a long story about Tottenham, newspaper O Jogo finishes their article saying ‘it remains to be seen what will Manchester United do’ about it.
Meanwhile, outlet Record says the Old Trafford side are on ‘total alert’ after Tottenham’s move. Jorge Mendes’ involvement could now help them, or any other big club, to find a deal for Fernandes.
Finally, the newspaper who pushes hardest is, unsurprisingly, Correio da Manhã. They’ve been doing it for the whole summer, and do it again today.
Their story claims Sporting contacted Mendes to try to help with the transfer, and Fernandes’ departure from the club is currently ‘imminent’. Mendes’ job is to get €70m for the player, especially now the Spurs’ offer was way below that.
Then they say that although Manchester United are still to make an official move, they met Mendes yesterday regarding ‘several subjects’, with Bruno Fernandes being one of them.
So a move could still happen.