Paper Talk: Fernandes delaying new Man Utd deal until star signs up

Alex Telles, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Anrthony Martial Man Utd December 2020

Bruno Fernandes will only sign his new Man Utd deal once an Old Trafford team-mate commits his future to the club, while Thursday’s transfer gossip also claims that Tottenham are looking at a LaLiga boss to succeed Jose Mourinho.


Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes is reportedly not willing to commit himself to a new contract with the club until Paul Pogba has done the same.

The Portuguese playmaker has been a huge success since joining the club in January 2020. And despite having a contract that runs until 2025 – plus the option for a further year – United bosses have been keen to tie him down to a new bumper deal.

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However, the 26-year-old has been stalling on talks – even though the Red Devils are prepared to double his wages.

According to The Sun, Fernandes’ hesitancy revolves around the uncertain future of Pogba, whose current contract expires in June next year – when he will be able to leave Old Trafford on a free transfer.

United triggered a one-year extension clause back in October of last year. However, they’ve failed to make progress over a long-term extension. Indeed, the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, has claimed on several occasions that his client is keen for a new challenge.

But Fernandes sees Pogba as pivotal to the club’s future, particularly if they are to close the gap to rivals Manchester City next season.

The report adds that the former Sporting Lisbon man is watching Pogba’s situation very carefully and does not want to enter into talks until he has been given assurances over his teammate’s future.

Fernandes also has one eye on the club’s amibition in the transfer market this summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to add to his squad, with strikers Erling Haaland and Harry Kane continually linked with a move to Old Trafford. The Red Devils boss is also after a new centre-back partner Harry Maguire.

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