Bruno Fernandes’ camp are confident of sealing a transfer to Old Trafford.
Manchester United are in talks over a £60m deal for the Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder.
Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met Fernandes' agents along with Sporting president Frederico Varandas at the club’s offices in Mayfair on Friday.
Woodward fears competitions from the likes of Barcelona and Juventus so hopes to wrap up a deal this month.
According to the Daily Mail , United are cautious about negotiating with the Portuguese club but Fernandes’ representatives are optimistic a deal will be done.
Starsport understands Ole Gunnar Solskjaer travelled to Portugal to run the rule over Fernandes last weekend and came back to tell Woodward he wanted him in his side.
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The United gaffer was giving little away when asked about the prospect of the Portugal international joining his ranks.
“There is a lot of speculation all the time about us going to watch matches,” he said at a press conference on Friday.
“Where I have been and when I have been somewhere is irrelevant. He is another player at a different club who I can't speak about.”
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Sporting boss Jorge Silas has admitted he is considering “alternatives” if Fernandes does leave.
“He’s a huge player. All players like Bruno always have a lot of market," said Silas.
“We know that he’ll always be a much talked of player and sought by clubs as big as they say.
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“I don’t like to think about that beforehand, but I’m starting to think of alternatives within our team if Bruno doesn’t stay with us.
“I hope that doesn’t happen. In Portugal, unfortunately, we can’t keep the best players for long. Bruno is the best player in the league.”
Starsport understands United are willing to hand Fernandes wages worth £150,000-a-week.
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