AC Milan and Sporting CP are negotiating a deal for Bruno Fernandes.
According to Football-Italia.net, the clubs are talking. However, the asking price of 70 million Euros appears to be a sticking point.
The player has been pictured by the press since his moves to United and Tottenham never materialised. Fernandes is not happy right now, stuck at a club he has already said his goodbyes to.
United never formally entered the race. They made inquiries as a contingency plan if Paul Pogba left.
Spurs got the closest to a deal, but all the talk was just that talk. Nothing got any further than talking.
Now we are back the stage of talking. But neither the club or the player has too many more options.
The rumour is that Sporting want a cash-only deal. There are few outside of the Premier League that have that kind of money.
Milan is trying to put together a cash plus player deal. The Rossoneri have Andre Silva and Samu Castillejo that they are willing to use as makeweights.
The two proposals right now are:
Both players plus 30 million in cash.
Or Silva plus 40 million in cash.
It is widely believed that the reason no deal has progressed any further than talking, is the price tag.
While at 25 years of age the Portugal international is still in is prime.
Last year he managed 32 goals in 53 games as a central midfield player. That is a return many strikers would be happy with.
On the face of it, the price doesn’t seem to bad. But there are no buyers at the seller’s valuation.
Sporting will either have to negotiate or hold on to their man until the window opens again.
The risk they run is if he doesn’t perform to the same level as last season his value will only decrease. History shows, unhappy players don’t perform to the best of their ability.