Manchester United are a step closer to sealing the January signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon after agreeing personal terms with the midfielder, according to The Telegraph.
All that remains now is for the two clubs to agree a fee for the player before a medical is arranged.
Jorge Mendes, the Portuguese super agent, has been involved to try and broker the deal with United and Sporting still some way apart in their valuations.
United are hoping to get a deal completed for around £50m, but Sporting are hoping for as much as £68m. Other reports have claimed Sporting are asking for this much because they have failed to persuade any United players to come in the other direction.
Sporting, however, are under pressure to sell as they seek to ease some of their ongoing financial issues.
If the deal is to be completed, it will likely be announced early next week as Fernandes looks set to play his final game for the club in the local derby against Benfica on Saturday morning.
Boubakary Soumare is set to decide between signing for Manchester United or Chelsea before the transfer deadline, according to Sky Sports.
Arsenal are said to be no longer in the running for the sought-after Lille midfielder, and neither are Real Madrid nor Valencia.
United and Chelsea have held talks over the player but no decision is expected to be made before Lille play Paris-Saint-Germain on January 26.
The 20-year-old, who has two-and-a-half years left on his Lille contract, is a box-to-box midfielder in the mould of Paul Pogba and has impressed across 23 appearances in all competitions this season, including six in the Champions League.
Soumare is expected to be the only one of Lille’s promising young stars to be sold this month, despite 21-year-old striker Victor Osimhen and 22-year-old centre-back Gabriel also being tracked by top clubs from across Europe.
The France U21 international was signed from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer by Lille’s highly-rated sporting director Luis Campos.
YOUNG AND FREE
Manchester United have reached an agreement to sell Ashley Young to Inter Milan in the January transfer window.
The fee is £1.3m (€1.5m) plus bonuses and multiple reports say Young will fly to Milan on Friday ahead of a medical.
Antonio Conte’s side are close to agreeing a swap deal with Roma which would see left-back Leonardo Spinazzola moving to the San Siro while Matteo Politano goes the other way but that does not appear to have impacted on a deal for Young.
The versatile 34-year-old has been keen to discuss the opportunity of a move to Italy with Inter.
United offered Young a new contract earlier this month but the former England international rejected a one-year contract extension.