When it was reported that Marlos Moreno could be on his way to Sporting as part of the deal that should bring Bruno Fernandes to Manchester City, it seemed like the Colombian’s transfer was the least complicated thing about this agreement.

But it turns out that this was the first move to collapse, according to Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Notícias today.

It’s claimed that Sporting could not find a deal for Moreno, since they wanted a loan deal while Manchester City want him gone for good.

The talks happened last week, and another factor which made the Lions back off were the demands made by the player, since he wanted to join the Lisbon side as one of the best paid players in the squad.

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But Manchester City fans don’t need to be worried, because according to Jornal de Notícias, Moreno’s deal actually has nothing to do with Bruno Fernandes’ move. It’s claimed they are different transfers, and Pep Guardiola’s side are still interested in the midfielder, despite all the denials.

Now we can only predict that if Sporting didn’t want Moreno on a permanent move, that’s probably because they want Manchester City to pay more money for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes.