“We prepared for his sale by putting a fair price on his worth, and we had bids, but only a serious offer from Tottenham, that was 45 million euros plus 20 million in add-ons; winning the Premier League and the Champions League.
“Finding these add-ons difficult, I decided not to accept.”
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Despite being linked with a host of top clubs, Fernandes was forced to remain at Sporting until January at the earliest.
He has not taken this poorly, however, starting the season in fine form with two goals and four assists in just five matches.
Manchester United failed to sign Bruno Fernandes throughout the summer transfer window, but Red Devils scouts have reportedly not given up watching the Portugal star.
Fernandes, the Sporting midfielder, was understood to be a key target of United’s since the end of last season, as the 24-year-old scored 32 goals and created a further 18 in all competitions in 2018/19.
The likes of Liverpool and Tottenham are also reported to have been keen on Fernandes earlier this year, but no summer deal got done so he remained in his homeland.
This failed transfer has not ended the interest in Fernandes, however.
Reports in Spain claim European clubs continue to keep tabs on the midfielder, with O Jogo saying United scouts were in attendance when Sporting faced Portimonense on Sunday.
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The story insists the United representatives were at the match only to watch Fernandes, and they must have been impressed as he recorded a hat-trick of assists.
Fernandes created all three goals as Raphinha scored a brace either side of Luiz Phellype’s lone strike, as Sporting won 3-1 to sit top of the Primeira Liga table after three games.
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Man United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea and Leicester are reported to have also had scouts in attendance at Sunday’s match, though the Red Devils are the only club with a specific target named by O Jogo.
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Antoine Griezmann may well have completed his move to FC Barcelona this summer, but the World Cup winner clearly has a soft spot for Arsenal.
The 28-year-old posted a screenshot of his Football Manager game onto Twitter and revealed he is currently undertaking a save as the Gunners’ gaffer.
Time had elapsed in the game until 2023 and it is fair to say the former Atletico Madrid striker has assembled a world class squad.
Packed with a host of stars, there is not a single current squad member in the team, much to the chagrin of Alexandre Lacazette.
Replying to his France international colleague in the replies, Griezmann revealed that after winning the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup in 2021, he sold the striker to Huddersfield for £23.5million!
Unai Emery may have splashed the cash on the likes of Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe this summer, but the Spaniard will be envious of the side Griezmann has built at the Emirates.
But just who are the players Griezmann has picked for his Arsenal side? Given how much time has elapsed, there are a few ‘newgen’ players in the squad such as the goalkeeper – Hasan.
Below, talkSPORT.com has provided mini profiles on each real member of the team. ALl of the stats are from the game and are not the latest
Check out the sensational side Griezmann has created!
talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…
Manchester Unitedare struggling to reach an agreement with Argentina forward Paulo Dybala. Romelu Lukaku has reportedly already agreed a contract worth £8m-a-year with Juventus, but his move hinges on Dybala agreeing to join the Red Devils and it appears his wage demands of £9.1m-a-year and proving a stumbling block. (The Independent)
Harry Maguire has been left out of the Leicester squad for a friendly with Atalanta on Friday, due to the ongoing uncertainty over his future. The Foxes are still holding out for £90m if Manchester Unitedare to sign him. (Daily Telegraph)
United’scurrent bid for Maguire stands at £80m and the club could spend more than £150m in total before the transfer window closes. (The Independent)
Liverpool are weighing up a move for Bordeauxand Guinea forward Francois Kamano and are willing to pay £20m for the 23-year-old. (The Sun)
Tottenham are exploring a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder, and Man United target, Bruno Fernandes as an alternative to Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso. (Evening Standard)
Betis have rejected several offers from Tottenham for Argentina international Lo Celso. (SevillaABC)
He added: “Fernandes’ name has been on the lips of United fans all summer and even more so after the shone against Liverpool and drew words of praise from Jurgen Klopp.
“It looks to me that Man United are getting further away.
“The player has expressed interest in a move to England but that move to Old Trafford now looks unlikely.
“United have been briefing journalists he is not their number one target. Now, either Solskjaer has an ace up his sleeve or United simply don’t have the funds to complete this big money transfer.”
On the shock Dybala to Spurs links, Crook gave hope to Tottenham fans that a deal could happen, especially after the club chairman Daniel Levy negotiated a new shirt sponsorship deal with AIA worth £320m.
“This is one that has come completely out of the blue overnight,” he said.
“It does appear this is a deal Mauricio Pochettino wants to make happen.
“They would have to fork out £80m to sign the Argentine from Juventus, and what a statement of intent it would be for Tottenham.
“They’ve just signed that big-money shirt sponsorship deal, so maybe this is going to be the first of the money laid down from that deal.”
The Reds ended their pre-season tour of the United States of America without a win as they played out a 2-2 draw the Yankee Stadium.
And while Champions League goalscoring heroes Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum both found the net again, Mignolet made sure all the headlines will be about him after his latest blunder.
Reds fans will be thanking the football Gods for No.1 Alisson Becker after their Belgian No.2’s error gave Sporting an early lead after just four minutes.
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Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes – a target for Manchester United this summer – sent in a speculative shot from 30 yards, and even though Mignolet was right behind it, he allowed the ball the bounce off his hands and into his net.
Virgil van Dijk looked in total disbelief as he gestured towards the goalkeeper, who later did the most Mignolet thing ever with a fine double save to deny Sporting.
Liverpool upped the tempo and Origi levelled things up on a rebound from close range in the 20th minute in New York.
Several more chances to score followed, before Wijnaldum put Liverpool in front just before half-time following a cross from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
But Klopp’s men did not stay out in front for long, as Brazilian midfielder Wendel tied the scores once again eight minutes after the break.
Neither side was able to find a breakthrough during the remainder of the match, as Liverpool ended their disappointing trip to the US with two defeats to Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla and a draw.
Now, Sporting chiefs have warned United they will not accept any offers below their valuation of the playmaker.
“I don’t know if there are many or if there are few [interested clubs],” Varandas told RTP. “What I know, a lot has been spoken of values, coming to the press, €55m, €62m… for that he doesn’t leave, for sure.”
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“If Bruno Fernandes leaves, players with quality will come. But if Bruno leaves.”
Solskjaer is still keen to settle the future of French midfielder Paul Pogba, with the World Cup winner admitting he is keen for a new challenge last month.
LaLiga giants Real Madrid are desperate to sign Pogba, but United have demanded £170m for the midfielder.
talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…
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Man United have made contact with Saul Niguez, the Atletico Madrid midfielder, as they view the Spaniard as a potential Paul Pogba replacement. (AS)
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