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There are yet to be any incomings at Old Trafford, but Ethan Hamilton has joined Bolton on loan.

They need a midfielder, that’s a position they need to fill.

“The problem with the Bruno Fernandes deal is that Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon are a million miles apart on price. Sporting Lisbon need to get the deal done to get money in the bank, Bruno Fernandes is, I’m told, keen to come to Manchester United and clearly Manchester United need a central midfielder.

“So although nothing is moving on that deal at the moment you could see a case where it comes down to the wire on transfer deadline day and a deal is done because it suits all parties.

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“On top of that, Manchester United need a striker. But the problem is that the clock is ticking against them.”

Bruno Fernandes‘ move to United looks as far away as ever – with a £10m shortfall remaining between United’s offer and Sporting Lisbon’s valuation.

There are no new negotiations planned to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford – something which contrasts sharply with the optimism earlier in the window, when Sporting believed they had a basis of a deal with Manchester United to buy their 25-year old Portuguese international.

Super-agent Jorge Mendes flew to Manchester with Sporting Lisbon’s President, Frederico Varandes and his director of football Hugo Viana to finalise a deal with United’s Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward.

The mood on the return to Portugal was mixed – Varandes sorry to be losing a star player, but glad that a transfer fee of £55m had been agreed in principle, with United.

In the days that followed however, Varandes’ optimism was tempered by a change in United’s stance.

Rather than progressing towards a £55m deal, United instead suggested they were willing to offer just £42m for Fernandes.

Bruno Fernandes’ move to United looks as far away as ever – with a £10m shortfall remaining between United’s offer and Sporting Lisbon’s valuation.

There are no new negotiations planned to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford – something which contrasts sharply with the optimism earlier in the window, when Sporting believed they had a basis of a deal with Manchester United to buy their 25-year old Portuguese international.

Super-agent Jorge Mendes flew to Manchester with Sporting Lisbon’s President, Frederico Varandes and his director of football Hugo Viana to finalise a deal with United’s Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward.

The mood on the return to Portugal was mixed – Varandes sorry to be losing a star player, but glad that a transfer fee of £55m had been agreed in principle, with United.

In the days that followed however, Varandes’ optimism was tempered by a change in United’s stance.

Rather than progressing towards a £55m deal, United instead suggested they were willing to offer just £42m for Fernandes.

Fernandes now may not leave Sporting Lisbon until the summer, according to his agent Mendes.

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