Manchester United's ongoing pursuit of Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes has taken another tantalising twist - with a £65m bid said to be in the offing after a player-plus-cash offer failed. However, a combination of Sporting lowering their valuation to around €60m, plus injuries to midfielders Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, has prompted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the recruitment team to reignite their interest, although an agreement is yet to be reached.
The Sun go on to cite another report from Portuguese outlet TVI24 that supposedly claims United have agreed a fee with Sporting worth around £51m - although the newspaper doesn't link directly to any story and I can't find anything on TVI24's website.
That's according to journalist Nicolo Schira, who claims the Portuguese global has agreed a five-year contract worth £98k per week.
Midfielder Fernandes, 25, scored twice as Sporting beat Vitoria Setubal 3-1 in the Portuguese top flight on Saturday.
It is still possible that a deal can be struck before Sporting are due to play their rivals Benfica in the Lisbon derby on Friday night. I don't like to think about it, but I'll be thinking of alternatives in case Bruno leaves.
As noted by the Daily Mail, Fernandes has already informed Sporting of his desire to leave the club this month, so it is just up to the executives at the club to agree on a deal which suits everyone.
However, it is understood United are prioritising midfield as an area to strengthen.
This is a deal which United simply have to get over the line.