REAL MADRID are in with a shout of signing Bruno Fernandes after Sporting Lisbon offered the attacking midfielder around for just £64million.
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both passed up the chance to bring in the Portuguese talent during the English window.
Neither club met Sporting’s valuation of Fernandes, the Red Devils deciding he wasn’t worth that much due to his mediocre passing statistics.
But United could end up helping along a deal for the player to head to Madrid.
According to AS, Lisbon have told Real and a number of other teams that he is theirs if they meet the non-negotiable £64m price tag.
And Los Blancos will consider a bid if and when they finally become resigned to not signing either Paul Pogba or Neymar.
The French midfielder has insisted that he wants a new challenge but United remain staunch in their determination to keep him.
Neymar, meanwhile, is still the subject of intense speculation over player-plus-cash deals involving Real and Barcelona.
Spurs found out just how non-negotiable Sporting’s demands were when reportedly falling short with a £55m bid before the new Premier League season.
Likewise, United backed out when scouts judged Fernandes to be to profligate on the ball.
Last season saw the 24-year-old clock in a pass completion rate of 75.1 per cent, compared to Pogba’s 82.8 per cent for example.
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Nonetheless, Fernandes struck 32 goals in 53 games across all competitions in 2018/19.
And Sporting have reportedly asked big-name agent Jorge Mendes to secure them the cash.
They have until September 2 to find a buyer, when the European transfer window shuts.
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