Bruno Fernandes ‘prepares to sign’ Man Utd contract as proposed salary emerges

Bruno Fernandes is preparing to sign a contract
with Manchester United, it has been claimed. The Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder is
edging closer to sealing a move to Old Trafford after discussions intensified in recent days. Fernandes’ representatives have discussed
contractual conditions with Red Devils bigwigs, despite a transfer fee still needing to be
agreed. According to A Bola, Fernandes is set to put
pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal worth up to £3.9m (€4.5m) per season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been eager to strengthen
his midfield following injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay. The club also failed to adequately replace
Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrara during the course of 2019. Fernandes was a target last summer but a deal
failed to materialise. Tottenham were also interested in securing
his services. He will bring a goal threat to Solskjaer’s
team, having notched 15 goals and 13 assists in 25 appearances this term. Solskjaer was giving little away at a press
conference on Tuesday when asked about a potential swoop for Fernandes. “I’ve got no transfer updates, so no,”
he said. “If we get something that we can tell you
about we will, but I’ve got no news now.” Sporting are hoping to cling onto Fernandes
until Friday so he can play in the Lisbon derby against Benfica. Sporting boss Silas has indicated he could
have the Portugal international at his disposal for hotly-contested clash. “I can’t guarantee any of these things
because I don’t know,” he admitted. “I’m already thinking about the game with
Benfica [on Friday] and I’m thinking about using him.” United will need to register Fernandes by
12pm on Friday if he is to be available for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool. Meanwhile, it has been suggested United turned
to Fernandes after Kai Havertz transfer talks failed.

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