Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Comments (No Updates) & an ‘Agreement’ With Sporting – Bruno Fernandes Daily

Another day, another chance for Manchester United supporters to lose their minds over why they haven’t signed Bruno Fernandes yet.

We’ve been waiting for decades for some movement on this one. Literally, two decades. They were supposed to sign him for the entirety of last summer (even though there was never any concrete interest) but actually moved to open talks with Sporting CP only last week, months and months too late.

If only it was as simple as ‘just pay the money!’ for a club who have been criticised for years for overpaying for players. 

Anyway, given the talk is gathering pace (despite nothing really happening) we at 90min figured it may be time to start a special Bruno Fernandes Daily section – where you can come to for all the latest on what has/has not happened regarding his probable transfer to Old Trafford this month.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Response to the Bruno Fernandes Talk

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First, we’ll go with what’s actually come from the club today. Solskjaer spoke about transfers at the club’s press conference prior to the FA Cup replay with Wolves. And here’s ​what he said.

“I’ve got no transfer updates, so no. If we get something that we can tell you about we will, but I’ve got no news now.”

It’s not “Man City put their best team out so we’re going in the right direction” or “we have to be at our best to beat Norwich”, so consider it a win.


What They’re Saying in Portugal

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​Sport Witness do a good job, as ever, of summarising what they’re saying in the Portuguese papers today. 

A Bola say a fee of €70m (€60m + €10m in bonuses) has been agreed between the two clubs – nope, nothing confirmed yet so don’t get your hopes up – but that the talks have slowed as a number of players have been on the table as loan exchange options. Andreas Pereira is the hot topic, with Marcos Rojo (earns too much), Angel Gomes and Joel Pereira all discarded. 

Sporting are also possibly dragging their heels a little because they’d like Fernandes to play against Benfica this week (bad idea for ​United to risk the potential of injury if they want him this month), but Jorge Mendes might be on the way to save the day and push the deal through once Gedson Fernandes to Spurs is sorted.

That deal is all but sorted, with just the final part of the medical to go before an official announcement.


What They’re Saying in the UK

The ​Mirror say United will end up paying £65m with all add ons included if they meet Sporting’s demands. ​Sky Sports say the two clubs are ‘far apart’ in fee negotiations at the moment, and that Rojo remains a player that Sporting are interested in. The ​Times‘ Paul Hirst reports that talks will continue with no agreement yet.

Reports from around the country are suggesting he’s going to earn £100,000 a week, while others say it’s £150,000. 

A source has told us at 90min that Sporting are desperate to sell this month because of financial difficulties, so while the negotiations may take a little while, their hand is weakened slightly. They need the money.


So, What’s Actually Going On?

Talks are ongoing. There’s will from player and both clubs to get the transfer done. Both clubs are looking for the best deal they can get. 

Everyone should just be patient.


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