By Ayebare Mariam
Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Bruno Fernandes after Sporting Lisbon closed in on his replacement.
The Portugal international playmaker, 24, is a summer transfer target for both clubs as they look to strengthen in that area of the field.
Fernandes, who is valued at £70million, scored 32 goals and added 18 assists in all competitions last season and helped his country win the UEFA Nations League.
United will certainly need to fill a hole in midfield if Paul Pogba gets his wish and completes a £150m move to Real Madrid or Juventus this summer.