Manchester United face a big bill if they are to lure Bruno Fernandes to Old Trafford.
The Sporting Lisbon star is back on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ’s radar amid the search for midfield reinforcements in the January transfer window.
He was a target for the Red Devils last summer but a move to Old Trafford failed to materialise.
Fernandes extended his contract with Sporting Lisbon in November which saw his release clause rise to €100m (£85.1m).
A Bola , however, claim the Portuguese giants are asking for £59.5m (€70m).
United are reportedly ‘lurking’ but have not submitted an offer as of yet.
Solskjaer has a number of problems in the engine room, which has prompted the need to sign a new midfielder.
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Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera departed over the course of 2019, Scot McTominay is set for an extended spell on the sidelines through injury while Paul Pogba ’s future remains the subject of speculation.
Starsport understands Sporting Lisbon are targeting Leicester City’s forgotten man Adrien Silva as a replacement if Fernandes departs.
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Silva joined the Foxes from the Lisbon-based club in August 2017 for £22m but endured a nightmare spell at the King Power Stadium.
The 30-year-old had to sit out the first five months of the season because his registration documents failed to meet the deadline by 14 seconds.
He joined Monaco on loan last summer but a return to his former club would likely appeal.
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It was thought a contract extension would dampen speculation over Fernandes’ future but it appears that has not been the case.
After putting pen to paper on his new deal two months ago, the Portugal international said: "For me this an honour and a reward for my work. It means I'm doing things well.
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"I'm trying to do the best for me and for the club. I'm very happy to represent this club on and off the pitch.
"For me it will always be a privilege to wear the Sporting jersey. The fan can expect more, and better. I promise to show the same dedication and commitment to bring more glorious moments like the one we had last season."
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