Barcelona are reportedly hoping to hijack Manchester United’s move for Sporting playmaker Bruno Fernandes.
The LaLiga giants are said to be ‘confident’ they can seal a move for the Portugal international after United failed to meeting Sporting’s asking price for the midfielder, but they want to send him out on loan immediately.
According to Superdeporte, Camp Nou chiefs are keen to loan Fernandes to Valencia in a bid to sign their striker Rodrigo.
Fernandes, 25, has been heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils throughout the window but negotiations have proven tough and Barcelona are keen to take advantage.
Talks between the Premier League club and Sporting have been ongoing but the two parties have failed to agree on a fee with arrangements for up-front payment and add-ons proving difficult to settle on.
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Fernandes has had another superb campaign in the Primeira Liga, netting 15 goals and adding 14 assists in 28 matches this season.
On Monday, Sporting boss Jorge Silas admitted that he did not know whether Fernandes had played his last match for the club.
“I can’t confirm it [if Fernandes made his last appearance against Maritimo], I would like him to stay,” Silas told reporters post-match.
“Right now I don’t know if he will stay or not, but I would like to count on him at least until the end of the season.
“Bruno Fernandes is a different player, he sees things that no one sees. Being further back and seeing these movements, the defence begins to decline.
“Any team that had Bruno Fernandes in Portugal would suffer if they lost him. If so we will have to look for solutions.”