Fernandes move hits £13m setback

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Manchester United’s protracted transfer for Bruno Fernandes is ‘at risk’ as they remain at loggerheads with Sporting Lisbon over a fee for the midfielder.

According to Portuguese television channel TVI 24 there is a £13million disparity between the two clubs over the Portugal international. United won’t go above paying £42m up front for Fernandes, while Sporting demand at least £55m for their captain.

Journalist Rui Pedro Braz has been providing daily updates on the situation via Portuguese television and at the end of Thursday’s show he claimed he received some last minute information about the Fernandes negotiations.

Sporting did want some united players to join them on loan for the rest of the season as part of the deal, including Andreas Pereira and Marcos Rojo, but they all turned down a move.

As a result, Sporting have upped their demands. Sporting are insisting on a guaranteed fee of £55m plus bonuses – something United are not prepared to do.

However, the Red Devils are reported to have offered £42m plus bonuses that could reach £68m but the Portuguese giants feel they’re unobtainable to meet.

It’s believed that the possible bonuses include United winning the Premier League and/or the Champions League as well as Fernandes winning the Ballon d’Or. Certainly at present, the first two seem unlikely for the time-being.

TVI 24’s website says that the transfer is now ‘at risk’.

Sportsmail understands Fernandes has agreed a contract worth around £130,000-a-week with the Old Trafford side but those personal terms could be rendered irrelevant if the two clubs can’t agree a fee.

One thing is for certain though and that’s Fernandes is set to play for Sporting in their local derby against bitter rivals Benfica on Friday night.