Bruno Fernandes: Manchester United target will play in Lisbon derby on Friday

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The staff and the players on both sides went upstairs to comfort him, talk and say goodbye.

"We'll try to keep him going for more games, but it's not up to us".

His manager Silas confirmed yesterday that he would play barring a "disaster": 'The only certainty I have is that Bruno will be there [at the derby].

"Bruno deserves everything and deserves to compete in a league like this". I will prepare for the game with Bruno in mind, but from here on out I don't know what could happen. The only wish I have is the best for him.

That said, things can change quickly, and that progress, or otherwise, will largely be down to Manchester United.

Sporting want £70million for attacking midfielder Fernandes, but United are unwilling to pay that figure and will walk away from any deal this month if a compromise can not be reached.

Sporting CP's decision-makers, according to that report, aren't too keen on committing to a deal which relies on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to overachieve.

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He played at least 34 matches in all eight seasons showing his durability, and his goal-scoring mark has been out of this world. At this point, the 31-year-old should blow by Lampard and may just catch Andrew Cole to finish third at the end of the season.

Bruno Fernandes has agreed personal terms with Manchester United.The clubs now just need to agree a fee for the player, with Jorge Mendes set to present a proposal to Sporting Lisbon after he attended United's FA Cup clash with Wolves.

There's a huge disparity between reported fee demands and the makeup of the deal.

The Sporting followers were not satisfied and also you can envision United fans would not have actually been as well delighted either.

United's bid sits at around £40m, with £15m worth of add-ons taking the proposed deal to £55m overall.

The Portugal global is keen on a move but there has been no agreement between the clubs over a fee.

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