United fans quickly realized the Guimaraes movement and flooded their Twitter page with questions about the possible Fernandes movement.
However, the news was recently confirmed via thepeoplesperson that Olé Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan traveled to Portugal to watch the Portuguese worldwide, and Sporting's president Frederico Varandas has flown to England today to discuss the transfer with representatives of Manchester United.
Manchester United will get greater value from a deal for Bruno Fernandes than they would a move for James Maddison, says Paul Parker, with Leicester's star playmaker said to be valued at around £120 million ($156m).
O Jogo report that Sporting want United to cover some of the defender's wage packet.
Fernandes moved to Manchester.
The Red Devils are said to be closing in on the signing of Portugal worldwide Fernandes from Sporting, with only £65m ($84m) reportedly required to secure his signature.
However, it is understood United are prioritising midfield as an area to strengthen.
Sporting are exploring alternatives to replace a player who has 13 goals in 22 appearances this season and 19 caps for his country.
Solskjaer's response was emphatic, the Norwegian saying: "Of course I am, of course we've got open discussions. The owners, Ed, they know what we're building towards". "I'm here to do the best for the club, what I think and we feel is right".
In the meantime, former United player Rio Ferdinand has published a tweet to say that the signing of Bruno Fernandes is imminent.
And now the rumor mill is in full swing after a mysterious player arrives at the club's Carrington training ground on Friday afternoon.