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Manchester United to beat Tottenham for Portugal star

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After weeks of speculation, it appears that Bruno Fernandes will join Manchester United as the midfielder seeks a move away from Sporting CP.

Manchester United could be set to announce their second (or third signing if Wan-Bissaka agrees) signing of this summer. Reports in Daily Star claim that Bruno Fernandes has already vetoed a move to Tottenham.

With Christian Eriksen a reported Real Madrid target, the Sporting club de Portugal man was seen as an ideal replacement for the Dane. However, it appears that Fernandes has no interest in moving to London. Instead, the youngster wants to further his career at Old Trafford.

Reports suggest that the player’s agent, Miguel Pinho was in London this week. He held meetings with officials from Tottenham and Manchester United. Now back in Portugal, Pinho is now looking to push Sporting into focusing their negotiations with Manchester United.

It is claimed that a fee in the region of €55 million plus bonuses would be sufficient to sway the Portuguese giants. And according to Duncan Castles, there’s nothing concrete at the moment.

He says that several clubs have been linked with Fernandes but so far, no club has made a bid.

“Bruno Fernandes is an interesting one. We’ve seen a lot of stories saying that deals were about to be done with two Premier League clubs,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.

“Manchester City were supposed to have signed him last month and we’ve seen several reports that Manchester United have been on the verge of signing him.

“He’s also been strongly linked with Tottenham, strongly linked with Liverpool.

“Actually, what’s going on in the background there is Sporting want to sell the player. They’re already counting on him being at another club for next season and taking the substantial transfer fee they expect to raise for him.

“And what they’d like to get is around the figure you would have seen in those reports, €55m-€60m is the figure they’re putting out.

“The word in Portugal is that he does not have a significant offer from any of the large clubs as yet.”