Manchester United are still hopeful of sealing a deal for Bruno Fernandes, with Manchester City stalling on a potential deal despite strong links to Portuguese star.
Fernandes had been of interest to both Manchester clubs after a fine season for Sporting CP saw him net 20 goals and provide a further 13 assists in just 32 league games.
While it looked increasingly likely that the 24-year-old would join City, their interest has wavered, resulting in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer informing the club's hierarchy that he sees Fernandes as 'fundamental' for his side next season - according to Portuguese publication A Bola, as relayed by Sport Witness.
The report claims United 'haven't given up' on the deal and that Solskjaer 'made it known' that Fernandes could be crucial to a successful campaign next season as they bid to return to the Champions League. Furthermore, A Bola state that the Red Devils
After such a stunning season for the club, Fernandes is expected to attract a fee of around