Manchester United closing in on Bruno Fernandes signing

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This season, Burno Fernandes has featured in 24 games for Sporting across all competitions and has already managed to score 13 goals along with 13 assists.

Sporting Lisbon are prepared to let him go in order ease some financial burdens and the negotiations so far are claimed to have been smooth and positive.

Solskjaer brushed off a question about Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, while defender Kalidou Koulibaly and playmakers James Maddison and Jack Grealish have been other names linked with Old Trafford.

Manchester United have to pay £65m to sign Bruno Fernandes though his Portuguese club is willing to accept an initial fee of £50m plus £15m in add-ons.

This is a boost for Liverpool, in my opinion, with Fernandes possessing the ability to make a flying start at United.

On another Friday evening, reports from Portugal have surfaced claiming that the Sporting President Frederico Varandas is in England at the moment.

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"I can't guarantee any of these things because I don't know", Silas said via The Express.

It's said the midfielder should fly to Manchester at the beginning of this week (before midweek), since the deal with the Premier League side is practically closed.

"Of course I am, of course we've got open discussions", Solskjaer stressed, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

United continues to hold talks with Sporting and representatives of Fernandes and remain hopeful a deal can be done before this month's transfer deadline.

He added to Sky Sports: "I've really got the backing from the owners, from Ed [Woodward, executive vice-chairman]". I am going to do what is best for the club, what I think and we feel is right for the club and I will never put myself before the club.

The top flight giants are also monitoring alternatives, although January is predictably a tough time to prise players away from their clubs.