Solskjaer issues terse message about Man Utd’s Fernandes chase

Date published: Tuesday 14th January 2020 10:31

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unable to provide any concrete update on his side’s reported pursuit of Bruno Fernandes in his latest press conference.

Following speculation surrounding the Sporting Lisbon midfielder in the summer, the Red Devils have again been heavily linked with Fernandes in recent days.

United are said to have held talks with the player’s representatives and were prepared to offer £51m up front as well as up to three players, one of whom could be defender Marcos Rojo.

However, it has also been claimed that Sporting want £50m up front with an additional £15m in add-ons, with the transfer fee and structure of the add-ons said to remain an issue between the clubs.

Speaking in his latest press conference, however, Solskjaer was unable to provide any concrete update on the situation.

“I’ve got no transfer updates, so no,” he told reporters at Carrington. “If we get something that we can tell you about we will but I’ve got no news now.”

Solskjaer was also asked about reports indicating that United could lose their status as England’s richest club, with Manchester City and Liverpool set to rise further in Deloitte’s Football Money League.

The manager said: “For me, the most important thing is that we get results sorted and we get performances on the pitch.

“That’s got to be my focus but I know we’ve got the resources, we’ve got the backing if we need to go into the transfer market.

“We are still up there, so we’re still in a good place.”

 

 

Elsewhere, United are said to be considering triggering the 12-month extension in midfielder Nemanja Matic’s contract to help ease the club’s injury crisis.

The Serbian international is out of contract in the summer and is free to begin talking to other clubs about a potential transfer.

With Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay ruled out through injury, Solskjaer has limited options in the middle of the park and according to The Sun, the club have spoken to Matic’s representatives.

The deal could keep Matic at Old Trafford until the summer of 2021, although it is claimed United could earn around £15m from his sale at the end of the current campaign.

 

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