Mourinho jokes about Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes transfer saga

Fernandes has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for many months but United were previously unwilling to meet Sporting's €80 million valuation. — Reuters pic

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However, Sporting were sceptical that the clauses required to recoup the rest of the fee, which included Fernandes winning the Ballon d'Or and United winning the Premier League, would ever be activated to hit the full amount, and as such held out for their valuation of €80m. Bruno Fernandes is playing really well at this moment.

Not only that, but the Sporting captain has more to his game than his ability to shoot from distance and to create clear-cut chances easily, as he continues to prove himself as a player that never hides away from the ball or the game. This is obvious as the club is now experiencing the worst start to a league campaign in 30 years. This Portuguese is a natural midfielder or can play as an attacking midfielder.

Ankle problems caused the Kybosh to move in January, but Raiola says his situation will be reassessed in the summer: "We need to see in the summer whether Paul is still in Manchester United's plans and whether Manchester United is still there in Paul's plans - but I'm not going to speculate about it now". He has a market value of 60 million euros and his contract will expire in 2023. Recently, there were reports of a communication breakdown between the two sides due to disagreements over the transfer fee. Several clubs are contacting Lisbon at this time.

Sky Sports claim that Ed Woodward had negotiated a £55million fee for Fernandes, a deal Sporting were satisfied with. Since United's interest was confirmed, Fernandes has played in successive Sporting defeats by Benfica and Braga. The intelligence he possess, most certainly allows him to be in the right place at the right time, whether that's in the final third of the pitch to latch onto the ball or make a crucial tackle on the defensive phase. United are optimistic that they would be able to complete the player's signing before the deadline.

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