- Bruno Fernandes move to Man United could be off as Man United find Sporting’s valuation of the Portuguese too high
- The Portuguese superstar is valued at £68 million by his club
- United had initially bid £51m for the midfielder’s services
Manchester United’s move for highly-rated midfielder Bruno Fernandez looks to have collapsed after weeks of speculation.
This is after the two clubs failed to agree on the valuation of the player who was heavily tipped to move to Old Trafford in the January transfer window.
Sporting Lisbon have been adamant that Fernandes, 25, is worth at least €80 million (£68m/$89m) and The Sun reports that the Portugal giants are unwilling to budge.
It is thus understood that United’s co-chairman Joel Glazer called off the deal because of the asking price which is considered too hefty.
Despite the deal looking imminent in the past few days, the situation now seems unsalvageable as United are overly concerned about the structure of the transfer.
United had offered €60.5m (£51m/$67m) for the midfielder’s services but Lisbon rate Fernandes at a much higher price.
The new development could offer a window of opportunity to Tottenham Hotspur, who have been monitoring the Portugal international as well.
With Cristian Eriksen seemingly keen on a move away from London, Fernandes looks like the perfect replacement for Mourinho, who has a liking for Portuguese players.
The January transfer window is set to close in eight days’ time and as far as Manchester United are concerned, they are seriously running out of time to secure some signings to bolster their squad which does not seem capable of keeping a consistent decent form this season.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Arsenal talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly informed Barcelona he is ready to complete a move to Camp Nou.
Aubameyang is understood to be on Barca's wish list this January as the La Liga giants seek a permanent replacement for Luis Suarez.
Suarez is set to be sidelined for close to four months after undergoing a knee surgery, forcing Barcelona into the market in search of reinforcements.
The Catalan side is now said to have turned their focus on Aubameyang to fill the void, with the 30-year-old not keen to extend his current deal with the Gunners.
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