Bruno Fernandes transfer fee hint given by Sporting president amid Manchester United interest
Sporting president Frederico Varandas has dropped a hint over what kind of fee Manchester United must pay to land Bruno Fernandes.
United remain keen to sign the Portuguese playmaker, whose record for the Lisbon club over the past few seasons has been outstanding. He’s scored 38 goals in 85 starts in all competitions in his two years at Sporting, triggering links with Premier League clubs.
MEN Sport understands United hold a strong interest in the 24-year-old, but have yet to lodge an official bid.
And Varandas has revealed it will take a bid in excess of €62million (£55.7million) to even tempt the club to cash in on Fernandes, though revealed they have plans to replace him with “quality” players if they do secure a sale this summer.
“What I know, a lot has been spoken of values, coming to the press, €55m, €62m… for that he doesn’t leave, for sure.
“If Bruno Fernandes leaves, players with quality will come. But (only) if Bruno leaves.”
Fernandes and Sean Longstaff are United’s main midfield targets this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his side after Ander Herrera left the club in the summer. The Reds also want to keep Paul Pogba despite interest from Real Madrid and Juventus.
Herrera has since joined Paris Saint Germain while United also lost a midfielder in Marouane Fellaini back in January this year after the Belgian was allowed to join Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng Taishan.