Two factors halting Fernandes contract emerge; second Man Utd deal due

Date published: Sunday 10th October 2021 6:31 - Steve Pearson

Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer consoling Bruno Fernandes

The two elements standing in the way of a new Bruno Fernandes contract have been revealed, while a second renewal for a Manchester United star flourishing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the agenda, per a trusted source.

Since the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford, Fernandes has taken a back-seat with regards to being the club’s most talked about player. His raw attacking statistics have noticeably dropped off, with just a single league goal and assist notched since his countryman’s arrival.

Nonetheless, few would argue Fernandes is no longer an integral part of everything Manchester United do well on the pitch. Indeed, if the club are to return to where they strive to be, Fernandes will no doubt have an enormous part to play.

As such, reports over the last few months have revealed the playmaker is in line for a new contract.

His current deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2025. Nonetheless, he is in line to be rewarded with bumper terms following an outstanding 18 months.

Now, trusted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on the state of play.

Taking to twitter, Romano reiterated that a new Fernandes deal remains a ‘priority’ for United. Per the Italian, a Fernandes renewal has held that billing since July.

He claimed talks are ‘still ongoing’, but outlined two factors that are being deliberated over.

Bruno Fernandes shows his frustration for Manchester United during the Premier League clash at Old Trafford against Newcastle

Firstly, the salary Fernandes will receive is a point of contention. Reports have varied as to the amount Fernandes currently collects each week. Though no outlet has claimed the figure is higher than £200,000-per-week.

Put into perspective, the 27-year-old’s wage falls significantly short of the £375,000-per-week and £510,000-a-week salaries earned by David de Gea and Ronaldo respectively.

The second obstacle cited by Romano that must be overcome is the length of deal offered.

If a Fernandes breakthrough is made, he could soon be joined in extending his stay by Luke Shaw.

On the back of arguably his greatest season as a Red Devil last year, Romano confirmed the left-back is on the club’s ‘renewals list’.


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Newcastle chasing Man Utd star already in talks

Meanwhile, Newcastle are mulling offering a Manchester United star a way out in January. Though the player’s agent has already commenced talks with a second suitor, per a transfer source.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist, Nicolo Shira, Newcastle reportedly wish to bolster their midfield by signing wantaway Red Devils flop, Donny Van de Beek.

The Dutchman was heavily linked with Everton over the summer. Additionally, recent reports have suggested that move could be revisited in the winter window.

But per Shira, Newcastle are in the mix too. Shira tweeted ‘Newcastle also want him’ after initially detailing the beginnings of Juventus’ approach.

Shira reiterated that a January exit for Van de Beek is a distinct possibility. He then stated Juventus chief Federico Cherubini has already made contact with Van de Beek’s agent, Guido Albers.

The Turin club are reportedly seeking a ‘loan deal with an option to buy’. And if Shira’s tweet is accurate, Newcastle and also Everton have their work cut out to sign the midfielder after Juventus took their first step toward a deal.

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