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Sporting Lisbon boss fuels imminent Bruno Fernandes exit to Man Utd with Benfica admission

Sporting Lisbon manager Jorge Silas admits he doesn’t know if Bruno Fernandes will play against Benfica on Friday night, fuelling suggestions the midfielder’s proposed move to Manchester United is imminent. The Red Devils have been negotiating a deal for the Portugal international for the last few days.

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However, it’s understood an agreement is not yet in place as United want to pay £50million up front and £10m in add-ons.Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future at the Jose Alvalade Stadium, Fernandes played the full 90 minutes in Sporting’s 3-1 win over Setubal on Saturday - in which he scored a brace.

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Manchester United are locked in talks with Sporting to sign Bruno Fernandes (Image: GETTY) I cant guarantee any of these things because I dont knowSilas on Bruno Fernandes playing against Benfica nextAnd Silas begrudgingly admitted he doesn’t know if the former Udinese man will still be at the club by the time they face their local rivals.

I cant guarantee any of these things because I dont know, Silas said after the match.Im already thinking about the game with Benfica and Im thinking about using him [Bruno Fernandes].Silas’ comments on Fernandes’ future - which looks like it lies away from Portugal - came a little over 24 hours after the midfielder’s agent fuelled speculation he’s on the brink of sealing a move to Old Trafford by liking a tweet from former United defender Rio Ferdinand.

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