Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cast doubt on any deal to sign Bruno Fernandes after saying Manchester United will always be in control on transfer negotiations.
United are understood to be interested in a move for the Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder, but his agent Jorge Mendes is far from an easy man to deal with.
Solskjaer has already pulled the plug on a deal for Erling Haaland after failing to meet the demands of the Norwegian striker’s agent Mino Raiola.
A similar scenario could follow regarding Fernandes with Plataforma, [via the Daily Mail] claiming United were only willing to pay £42.5m up front for Fernandes.
As per the article, the agreement was on the brink of collapse, but it’s now claimed United and Sporting have reached a compromise, whereby United will pay Sporting £46.9million (€55m) plus bonuses.
However, there has been no confirmation from either side as yet and when asked whether United will make a stand over paying over the odds for players, Solskjaer said: “You know that discussion.
“We could do that later maybe. Of course, we don’t want to inflate the prices. I think that is important – that we use common sense.
“There are other things, too, when you sign players, that you have to keep in control. You can’t give agents the control by giving buyout clauses and stuff. That has been touted around. For me, we have to be in control.”
Fernandes played in what was expected to be his final match for Sporting on Tuesday evening – a fiery 2-1 defeat to Braga – with the match marred by a staggering four red cards.
Yannick Bolasie, Jeremy Mathieu and Eduardo Henrique were all given their marching orders for Sporting, while Eduardo Carvalho also saw red card for Braga.
And after the match, a frustrated Fernandes was keen to get off the pitch fast and failed to acknowledge the Sporting supporters in what the Portuguese press have widely described as “his last match for the club”.
Furthermore, Fernandes walked past a cameraman on his way to the dressing rooms and decided to lash out, pushing the lens away from him as he stormed past.