Manchester United are said to be willing to double Bruno Fernandes’ salary in order to convince him to sign a new deal at Old Trafford.
The midfielder’s current contract is due to expire at the end of the 2024/2025 season, but as he is such an important player the club are keen to ensure his loyalty with a wage increase. Fernandes has been transformative since arriving from Sporting CP in January last year.
He has barely missed a game, making 77 appearances in all competitions and scoring 39 goals, as well as registering 25 assists.
According to The Sun, United will sit down with Fernandes after the Europa League final to discuss his fresh terms. However, they will need to act quickly to get a deal hammered out before he departs for the European Championship with Portugal.
It is said that Fernandes wants to know the club’s plans for the future before signing the deal. Specifically, whether or not Paul Pogba – whose contract expires next year – will stay in the summer. The report also states there is a feeling that Fernandes would benefit from a ‘world class, ball-playing defender’ being recruited to play alongside Harry Maguire, so that he can focus on efforts in the final third.
Renewing terms with their talisman is unlikely to be the only business United do this summer. As reported but 90min earlier this week, the club are keen to strike a £75m deal for long-term target Jadon Sancho before Euro 2020 kicks off in June.
Sancho wants his future determined before the start of the tournament and Borussia Dortmund have always maintained that he would be allowed to depart if their asking price was met. As well as Sancho, United have also been linked with a spate of central defenders as they look to shore up their backline.