Sky: Man United interested in signing SL Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes in January

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Manchester United are doing pretty well at the moment, though there are still a few problems within this squad. Amongst those is the lack of depth in midfield. The Red Devils are struggling for bodies, enter Gedson Fernandes rumours…

According to Sky Sports, United are interested in signing the 20-year-old midfielder, with the below tweet adding that they’re targeting the Portugal international during the January transfer window.

Fernandes hasn’t featured in SL Benfica’s last seven games and has apparently fallen out with their manager. What’s interesting is that his representatives have been in the UK trying to broker a deal for their client; an initial loan with an option to buy for £34million.

Apparently, the midfielder actually has a release clause of £102m but Benfica are resigned to the fact that they will not get that sort of transfer fee for an out-of-favour player.

I’ve always been constant with my belief that it’s notoriously tough to sign players during the January transfer window. I’m always somewhat concerned that the young man Fernandes is already falling out with managers. Honestly, that’s never a good sign.


In truth, Fernandes isn’t a player I’ve watched play much, or heard much about until now. I’m sure United’s interest is well-placed, though I’d personally prefer to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prioritise the signing of an older player – and preferably someone who has played in the Premier League before.

The good news is that it’d initially be a loan move which means United wouldn’t be contractually obligated to sign Fernandes outright if the short-term spell doesn’t go well. The question is, do United need midfield bodies badly enough that they can take a risk on a relative unknown? Probably…

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