Man Utd target Fernandes ‘rates’ unlikely to join due to Sporting Lisbon demands

Manchester United are unlikely to move for a pal of Bruno Fernandes, who the midfielder ‘rates’, because of Sporting Lisbon’s demands.

The Red Devils are expected to be busy this summer as they look to build on a season which has taken them second in the Premier League and to the Europa League final.

But they look set to keep hold of their top-scoring midfielder, who is reportedly about to sign a £200,000-a-week bumper deal at Old Trafford.

One of the former Sporting Lisbon star’s academy graduates, though, had been tentatively linked with United in Nuno Mendes, according to MEN .

The Portuguese left-back, who has joined Fernandes in the Euro 2020 squad, has enjoyed a breakthrough season at the club to help them win the Primeira Liga this season.

And he has a big fan in the Old Trafford midfielder, with the report stating that the man with 28 goals has a ‘close friendship’ with the 18-year-old.

But the Mirror have stated that two big factors will stop Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from making a move for the defender who has three international appearances.

One is the fact that United already have strength in the left-back position after Luke Shaw’s impressive season as well as the arrival of Alex Telles from Porto last summer.

While Sporting are the other challenge, with the Portuguese side demanding that the teenager’s full buy-out clause of £60.25m is met by any interested parties.

The Premier League side’s focus this summer appears to be on goal-scorers as they have been linked with Harry Kane, Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho this summer.

And Solskjaer is confident he can lure some talent to United, saying in his latest press conference: "I hope that we're going to strengthen with a few.

"Two or three players that we definitely need to challenge higher up in the table, because we're still too far behind to think it's just going to come by itself.

"We're looking at the squad, the players who are going to stay and those who might be leaving.

"We're not where we aim to be, we've got ambitions to move one place further up, but it's been steady improvement.”

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