Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Bruno Fernandes after Tottenham Hotspur ruled out a move for the Sporting Lisbon ace.
The Red Devils are in the market for fresh blood this summer and the Portuguese midfielder is thought to be among their top targets.
Fernandes banged in 20 goals and provided 13 assists in a terrific season in Portugal’s top flight but he admitted he would be open to a move, should the right opportunity come along.
Both Manchester clubs were linked with a potential swoop for the 24-year-old – who won the Nations League with Portugal last week – but Manchester City distanced themselves from reports claiming they were preparing to land him, and Spurs have now done the same, according to the Daily Mail.
With Liverpool also not interested, the path seems clear for United to sign the midfield ace, should they actively push to get the deal over the line.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preference is to sign young British talent, with Newcastle ace Sean Longstaff their top midfield target, but former Udinese and Sampdoria star Fernandes is a fine alternative.
Daniel James has already signed from Swansea in a £17m deal, with Crystal Palace Aaron Wan-Bissaka also wanted along with Leicester centre-half Harry Maguire.
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