Paper Talk: ‘Agent’ Bruno Fernandes working on stunning Man Utd transfer

Date published: Friday 8th October 2021 8:44 - Rob McCarthy

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bruno Fernandes, Jesse Lingard, Cristiano Ronaldo Man Utd goal celeb v West Ham at the London Stadium

Bruno Fernandes is working on what could be a stunning January transfer deal for Manchester United, while Friday’s transfer gossip claims that Newcastle will not have any FFP concerns, even if they spend big over the next few years.


Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes remains in contact with Leeds star Raphinha ahead of the January transfer window, according to The Sun.

The brilliant winger was linked with a switch to Old Trafford earlier in the year, but the Red Devils chose to complete deals for Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo instead.

However, a report on Friday suggests that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will greenlight another bid for the 24-year-old in the new year.

Fernandes previously played alongside Raphinha at Sporting Lisbon, with the duo striking up an impressive connection on and off the field.

And the United star, quoted by The Sun, has been full of praise for his old team-mate.

“I miss Raphinha,” he said. “He is a player with whom I had a different chemistry from the others, he understood me at a glance.”

And Raphinha has now responded, revealing he’s still in contact with the United star. To that end, a January enquiry for the Leeds attacker could still be a possibility.

“Bruno congratulated me a lot [after being called up by Brazil],” he said. “He told me that I deserved it so much, that I had been deserving it for a while.

“This happens with friends who talk a lot, more intimacy like that, more jokes. But he praised me a lot, congratulated me.

“He said he wasn’t surprised at all by what was happening and what would happen.”

The Sun states Fernandes could be playing the indirect role of ‘agent’ when it comes to a possible transfer swoop.

However, it’s difficult to see where Raphinha would fit into a Red Devils side that is already loaded with attacking options.

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Newcastle will be able to spend well over £200m strengthening their squad in the next three years without breaching Financial Fair Play rules, financial analysts calculate. (Daily Mail)

Timo Werner says his decision to change agent is not an indication of any desire to leave Chelsea and link up with Julian Nagelsmann at Bayern Munich.  (Daily Mail)

Mo Salah expects to become Liverpool’s leading earner if he is to sign a contract extension beyond the summer of 2023. (Daily Express)

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie is set to test the free agent market in January with Liverpool, Manchester United and PSG all showing interest. (Daily Express)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could be faced with a fresh striker issue if Ferran Torres attracts further interest from Real Madrid. (Daily Express)

Liverpool could renew their interest in Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio after reports emerged that he is unhappy with his role at the Bernabeu. (Daily Mirror)


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Aaron Ramsey will be made available for transfer by Juventus in January as they look to cut their losses on a player who is reported to have cost them £4,000 per minute on the pitch. (The Sun)

Mike Ashley has revealed he could have taken a higher offer for Newcastle. However, he feels the £300m Saudi takeover was better for the club.  (The Sun)

Paul Pogba has revealed he will make a decision on his future at Manchester United in the summer. He has refused to rule out a return to Juventus.  (The Sun)

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic will step up his rehab from injury during the international break.  (The Sun)

Tottenham are ready to block any approaches for Harry Winks despite his reported desire to leave in January.  (The Sun)

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has insisted he is ‘happy’ at the club. Talks over a new contract also ‘look good’.  (The Sun)

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Arsenal are stepping up their interest in Club Bruges winger Noa Lang, who is also wanted by Leeds.  (The Sun)

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could make an extraordinary move to Lazio. That would mean a reunion with Maurizio Sarri, who he had a famous row with during the 2019 Carabao Cup final.  (The Sun)

Liverpool star Divock Origi has reportedly been offered to Barcelona for a January transfer.  (The Sun)

Arsenal could look to replace Alexandre Lacazette with Torino striker Andrea Bellotti, who is reportedly refusing to sign a new deal with the Serie A club. (Daily Star)

QPR boss Mark Warburton is certain Scotland striker Lyndon Dykes will be a Premier League player in the future. (Scottish Sun)

St Mirren will hand Rangers two stands for their upcoming Premiership showdown at the end of the month.  (Scottish Sun)


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