This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to Portuguese publication O Jogo, Tottenham are in the race to sign reported Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes.
Reports in recent weeks have claimed that United held an interest in the 24-year-old, but it now appears the club’s Premier League rivals could now be set to hijack their planned swoop.
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O Jogo claim that Spurs representatives have flown to Portugal in an attempt to enter into negotiations with Sporting, and are said to be talking with the club’s president over completing a deal for the midfielder before United can.
If as reports claim, United do view Fernandes as a summer target, the club have certainly shown how not to do business. The Red Devils, as has seemingly been the case with some of their other targets, have struggled to get a deal over the line despite having well-documented interest.
Since the signings of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the club have endured a difficult time of it in the transfer window, but it arguably comes from their own mistakes. Waiting in order to get the best price for a player is certainly understandable financially, but it comes at a huge cost to the impact it could potentially have on the footballing side of things – United would be far better off getting their preferred targets through the door as soon as possible to integrate them into the squad.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side head into the opening game of their Premier League season against Chelsea with plenty of transfer business still to do. The Norwegian even admitted that the club were looking into a “fresh face or two”, and it certainly doesn’t help his cause when he can’t work with potential new signings in pre-season.
Allowing Spurs to come in at the last moment to swoop for one of their targets reeks of complete mismanagement on the part of United’s transfer hierarchy. If Solskjaer doesn’t end up with the players he wants by the end of the window, then he only has to look at the people above him for someone to blame.