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Manchester United has held talks with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon over the transfer of midfielder Bruno Fernandes, but the clubs have yet to agree on the fee, according to published reports on Tuesday.

United, which is fifth in the Premier League, is looking to strengthen its midfield for the remainder of the campaign with record-signing Paul Pogba recovering from ankle surgery and Scott McTominay nursing a knee injury.

The BBC reported Sporting valued the 25-year-old Fernandes at £60 million ($77.97 million), while Sky Sports said the deal could see United defender Marcos Rojo move the other way.

Fernandes scored two goals as Sporting beat Vitoria Setubal 3-1 on Saturday and head coach Silas was unsure if the Portugal international would be available to face Benfica on Friday.

“I can’t guarantee any of these things because I don’t know. Bruno is a huge player and all players like him have a lot of market,” Sky Sports quoted Silas as saying.

“I don’t like to think about it, but I’ll be thinking of alternatives in case Bruno leaves. I hope it doesn’t happen, but we have to start thinking that.”

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