Publish Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 5:44
Manchester United reportedly withdrew from negotiations with Sporting over an agreement to sign with Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal midfielder has been the subject of negotiations between clubs in recent weeks, and Fernandes was expected to get the move he wanted.
But negotiations reached an impasse last Friday and it seems that little progress has been made since then, despite United's actions demonstrating the need for quality reinforcements.
United offered £ 42.5 million with another £ 8.5 million, possibly due on add-ons, but Sporting is looking for a larger share of any fee to be paid in advance.
In fact, The Sun is reporting that United backed down on Sporting's demands.
Apparently United co-chairman Joel Glazer, who signs the transfers, simply believes that the structure of the deal is not correct and that the player is not worth what is being asked for.
The latest development will not go well with fans who protested the Glazer family and Vice President Ed Woodward during the sad 2-0 loss to Burnley on Wednesday night.
Reports in Portugal suggested that this "disaster" could speed up the deal, but it appears that United will not pay the odds, despite the obvious need for new players.