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Manchester United set to sign Bruno Fernandes after Sporting Lisbon accept £62m bid

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Bruno Fernandes is set to sign for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United look set to make Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes their third signing of the summer after the Red Devils had a £62m bid accepted for the Portuguese international.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer but United’s policy of dealing with one transfer at a time has led to severe delays.

However, with less than a fortnight left of the transfer window, United have had to abandon that policy and Spanish outlet Sport claim they’ve struck an agreement with Sporting for a fee of around £62m (€70m).

It’s claimed the Portuguese midfielder will now travel to Manchester for his medical before signing a long-term contract at the Theatre of Dreams.

Fernandes will become the third most expensive signing in Manchester United's history (Picture: Getty)

Fernandes will become the third most expensive signing in Manchester United’s history (Picture: Getty)

While United will understandably be delighted by the signing, it’s also a significant coup for Sporting as the Portuguese club have refused to budge from their valuation of Fernandes all summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made clear his intention to sign a midfielder at the end of last season following the departure of Ander Herrera.

Fernandes is by no means a direct replacement for the Spaniard as he is more attack-minded than Herrera.

The Portugal international scored an astonishing 31 times last season and laid on a further 20 assists in all competitions.

Fernandes’ arrival takes United spending this summer to around £130m but they could recoup as much as £80m of that through the sale of Romelu Lukaku.

Ed Woodward will then use the remainder of the club’s transfer kitty to push forward with a deal for Harry Maguire.

The club have a long-term interest in Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savic but the Serbian is seen at this stage as an emergency replacement for Paul Pogba should the Frenchman force through a move to Real Madrid.

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