Solskjaer swerves Fernandes question but says Man Utd have January transfer funds

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The Portuguese newspaper says the deal was brokered with Fernandes' agent Miguel Pinho and super-agent Jorge Mendes - who has a good relationship with United - and the finer details are now being thrashed out between all the parties.

Amidst all of this, Manchester United is set to play against Liverpool in the next game-week of the Premier League.

Sporting aren't interested in the former pair, however, while Rojo's salary is believed to be too high.

Angel Gomes and Joel Pereira were also explored but are now not options.

That was until Fernandes went insane last season and scored 31 goals for Sporting in all competitions. Add in the five goals and three assists he put together in five Europa League group stage games this season, including two goals and two assists in the 4-0 annihilation of PSV in November - a win that secured Sporting's place in the knockout rounds - and you clearly have a player who has mastered the level he is now playing at.

From United's perspective, Pereira is now a valuable member of the first team set-up after working his way in under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The delay to the Fernandes transfer while the Brazilian reportedly considers the move is music to the ears of Sporting fans, who want to see their star play one last time for the club in the Lisbon derby on Friday.

While the stats may not suggest he is irreplaceable, United themselves want to add bodies to their squad, not lose them.

Whilst Fernandes should clearly be an upgrade on Pereira, the fact remains that the Portuguese is untried in the Premier League and may take time to settle.

United have been looking to sign an attacking midfielder for the past two transfer windows.

"The latest report is that the 25-year-old is pushing his club to be allowed to immediately join Manchester United", the report said.



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