Benfica open to offers for United target Gedson Fernandes
Benfica are reportedly ready to listen to offers for Man United target Gedson Fernandes. The Portuguese youngster has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United this January and there are suggestions that his representatives have headed to England for transfer talks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for midfield reinforcements as they are short of quality in the middle of the park due to injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay. Meanwhile, Fernandes who has played twice for Portugal is available this month as he has struggled to nail down a place at Benfica.
According to Sky Sports, Benfica are interested in an 18-month loan deal for Gedson Fernandes with an option to buy at the end of the spell but will listen to offers for an outright transfer.
The likes of Lyon and AC Milan are also interested in the midfielder but reports suggest that his agents have been in England this week as the player is believed to prefer a move to the Premier League. He has played 8 games for Benfica this season but has not been used in their last 7 games amid reports of a falling out with Benfica coach Bruno Lage.
He has a release clause of £102 million which the club that eventually gets him won’t have to meet if we are to be realistic, especially as he has fallen down the pecking order and is out of favor.
Solskjaer may instead focus on homegrown targets which include Norwich’s Todd Cantwell. Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Leicester’s James Maddison, and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff. The four aforementioned players are impressing in their respective clubs and may not be available this January.
Regardless, Man United will have to move quickly for Gedson Fernandes as Sky Sports claim his representatives have spoken to four Premier League clubs.