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Bruno Fernandes to Man Utd transfer delayed because of key Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demand


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
is delaying the signing of Bruno Fernandes because he wants assurances that the Sporting
Lisbon midfielder will join before any players leave Old Trafford. Express Sport understands that United held
face-to-face talks with Sporting officials over Fernandes on Friday night at their Mayfair
offices. Those negotiations came five days after Solskjaer
watched Fernandes play in the flesh for the first time in Sporting’s 2-1 loss against
Porto. United were intensely linked with Fernandes
in the summer and the Portuguese has enjoyed another fruitful season, scoring 15 goals
and providing 13 assists in all competitions. Sporting value their talisman at £65million
but have reportedly demanded that they receive Marcos Rojo as part of any deal. The Argentine is keener on a move to Turkey,
however, where a more attractive contract is on the table. The proposition that a player will depart
to welcome another does not sit well with Solskjaer, though, according to BBC Sport. The media outlet claims that Solskjaer is
reluctant to lose any players even if he signs a new one because he feels his squad is small
as it is. As a result, United are still campaigning
to agree on a lump sum for Fernandes. The plus point for United is that Fernandes
wants to join United and fulfil his lifelong dream of playing in England. Solskjaer’s reluctance to lose Rojo is in
stark contrast to the summer when the Red Devils were trying to ship the Argentine. The centre-back almost left United for Everton
but the deal broke down on deadline day. Rojo is low down the pecking order at Old
Trafford but recent injury problems in defence may have led Solskjaer to wanting to keep
him until the summer. Reserve goalkeeper Joel Pereira, currently
on loan at Hearts, was ostensibly offered in a deal for Fernandes but the club turned
down the propsition. Solskjaer has been coy when asked about Fernandes
so far, saying on Sunday: “I can’t talk about individuals that play for other clubs. “But I’ve got to say I do have backing. We do have backing to do something if the
right thing comes up in this window. “The owners, Ed, they know what we’re building
towards.” Probed on his scouting mission in Portugal
one day prior, the Norwegian coach said: “We go back to speculations and do go and watch
games all the time.


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