Manchester United have made their first bid for the Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Notícias today.
The outlet claims the Red Devils are offering a total of €80m for the Lions’ star, with €55m up front and other €25m in bonuses.
By doing this, they surpass Manchester City in the race. Pep Guardiola’s side had made a bid of €50m, also putting on the table the loan of a couple of their players.
Manchester City’s bid has already been turned down, but Jornal de Notícias claims that Manchester United’s offer is ‘very seducing’.
However, the negotiations are still on, with Sporting trying to make as much money as they can.
Jornal de Notícias says that Fernandes is not worried about his next club, since he would be fine playing for any Premier League side, just like he’s said in an interview with RTP.
That would be good news for Chelsea, since Jornal de Notícias reports that the Blues are waiting for a definition on their new manager so they can decide whether to go for Fernandes or not.
The problem here is that the newspaper doesn’t even mention the transfer ban.
We’ve read all the Portuguese newspapers this morning, and Jornal de Notícias is the only reporting the bid.
However, the general belief in the local press is that Man City have indeed made that first offer, and Man United’s move had been expected for a while. So perhaps this is the outlet who got to know it first.