Manchester United chairman, Ed Woodward is reportedly hesitant over paying a lofty sum for Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes.
The Sporting Lisbon ace who has set the European stage on fire with his 32 goals in 53 appearances this season is being pursued by a number of outfits, including direct rivals, Liverpool.
United havea strong chance of paying out £70m and quickly making Fernandes one of their own but Woodward is still contemplating on the player’s talents. This is a bit peculiar since nothing has been said about Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s input – the manager of the club who is supposed to dictate which player comes in or goes.
Fernandes secured the United Nations League trophy for Portugal, winning 1-0 against the Netherlands last night. He has admitted previously that he has strong wishes to play in England one day.
“I always said that I came back to Sporting because they have ambitions like the ones I have, the midfield told Diario de Noticias. “I said that I would leave Sporting once my ambitions were greater than those of the club, but they are not at the moment. The ambition to be national champion is still here and so I have no reason to leave.
“Obviously if an irrefutable proposal for me arrives, and it’s good for the club, let’s get together and decide together.
“I always said that I was an ambitious player and from a very early age I have a dream of playing in England, where you can live pure football without big controversy, without big cases.
“Now, any of the other leagues, Germany, Spain and Italy are also very good and ambitious. But as I said I’m good at Sporting and now I’m focused on the cup. Then I want to make a good pre-season and if anything comes up I’m available to do what is best for the club.”