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Report: Manchester United step up pursuit of Joao Felix and Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United are ready to step up their pursuit of Portuguese duo Joao Felix and Bruno Fernandes according to reports today.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting as many as five new additions to his squad this summer, as he plots a major overhaul at Old Trafford.

Benfica’s Joao Felix and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes are reportedly two of the 46-year-old’s leading targets, and the Evening Standard is reporting that the club are set to step up their efforts to sign the talented pair in the coming weeks.

The duo would likely cost in the region of a combined £150m, though Manchester United‘s European fate may play a part in their ability to attract either player.

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19-year-old Felix has established himself as one of world football’s most promising talents this season, with the attacking midfielder having scored 18 goals in all competitions and being likened to his compatriot, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Interest in the teenager is high, with Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester City are also thought to be interested, and it is unknown if he would be willing to sign for a club outside of the Champions League, with the Red Devils requiring slip-ups from both Arsenal and Chelsea in their final two games.

Meanwhile, with Ander Herrera thought to be on his way to PSG this summer, the signing of Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes could also help solve Solskjaer’s creative problems in midfield.

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The 24-year-old has scored 16 goals and provided 12 assists in just 30 appearances in Portugal’s top tier this season, and offers a genuine goal threat.

Manchester City are also monitoring Fernandes, though it is believed United have shown the greatest interest.

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