Barcelona have been linked with a shock move for long-term Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes, claims a report.
Spanish outlet Superdeporte say Barca are pondering landing Sporting Lisbon’s Fernandes so they can loan him to Valencia, which would enable them to get hold of striker Rodrigo.
The report claims Barca are considering making a firm move for 15-goal midfielder Fernandes, and with Valencia desperate for a marquee signing, a loan deal for Fernandes may soften the blow of losing Rodrigo.
Four-goal Rodrigo is understood to be Barca’s number one strike target and Valencia know they will have to appease fans somehow if they sanction his €60m sale to Barca.
As far as United’s move for Fernandes goes, it’s understood talks are at impasse with a £55m deal, plus add-ons, no nearer.
And according to The Athletic there is a real possibility that United will have to wait until the summer in order to add some quality to their threadbare squad.
“We’ve got players here we’re working hard to get back as well and if there is something out there, then the club are pursuing that and looking at it,” the United boss said.
“Of course it is a difficult window. It always has been. I can’t remember how many good ones we’ve brought in, good deals that we’ve brought in in January.
“Henrik (Larsson) was good, Nemanja (Vidic) and Patrice (Evra) were two good ones.”
When Sanchez was mentioned, Solskjaer said: “It’s very hard because the clubs don’t want to lose their best players. Alexis will come back in the summer and prove youse all wrong.”
Football.london maintain that Tottenham are keeping tabs on Fernandes’ situation having tried to land the midfielder last August.