Bruno Fernandes is reportedly holding out on signing a new deal at Manchester United, amid talk of a new £200,000-a-week contract for the player.
The 26-year-old has been a revelation since joining the club in January 2020, playing a key role in the club’s third-place finish last season, before having a huge impact once again during the current campaign.
Fernandes has already hit 23 goals and recorded 12 assists in all competitions, with the creative midfielder behind only Harry Kane for goal involvements in the Premier League so far this season.
The Portugal international has become the Red Devils’ main man despite having spent just over a year at the club, while he ended his ‘Big Six’ hoodoo with the opening goal in the impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday.
According to The Sun, United are very keen to tie the player down to a new, lucrative deal to stay at the club, though Fernandes is understood to be seeking ‘assurances’ before putting pen to paper.
The report suggests the playmaker is waiting to find out United’s transfer plans this summer, as well as the club’s commitment to getting back to the top and clinching silverware.
With the transfer window set to open at the end of the season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already raised doubts about the prospect of high-profile signings, due to the financial implications of the ongoing pandemic.
A lack of notable investment could make Fernandes think twice about signing a bumper new contract, despite the offer of having his current £100,000-a-week wage doubled.
The player will no doubt be somewhat frustrated to see former club Sporting CP on course to lift the Primeira Liga title, at a time when Solskjaer’s side are seemingly out of the Premier League title race, despite their Manchester Derby win at the Etihad at the weekend.