Bruno Fernandes ‘will say goodbye to Sporting in Benfica clash’

Bruno Fernandes is likely to bid farewell to Sporting Lisbon in their derby against Benfica ahead of his move to Manchester United, according to reports.

Sportsmail reported that his agent Jorge Mendes was in the directors’ box at Old Trafford on Wednesday night for the FA Cup replay against Wolves.

It is also understood that United will be offering £50million plus £10m in add-ons to sign Fernandes in the January window, and this could be enough to push through his move.

Fernandes is still expected to play in Sporting’s crunch clash with Benfica on Friday, but according to Portuguese outlet Record, he will then travel to the north west of England.

He is expected to be in the crowd when United face rivals of their own on Sunday afternoon in the form of Liverpool.

Record are also reporting that any deal for Fernandes will not include United players, which had previously been suggested would be part of the transfer.

Fernandes is likely to start against Benfica but it will be his last game and an opportunity to say goodbye to the fans at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.

The newspaper also suggests that it is very unlikely that he will still be a Sporting player by the time they take on Braga in the cup next week.

A deal for the 25-year-old was almost completed last week when director and former Newcastle player Hugo Viana travelled to England but Mendes has been tasked with getting the deal over the line.

Sporting still have to accept the final proposal that Mendes will put to them soon.