Bruno Fernandes and Manchester United ‘in positive talks’ over extending his contract as Red Devils ‘prioritise’ keeping him and Paul Pogba at Old Trafford
- Bruno Fernandes has been a Manchester United star since January 2020 arrival
- United hope to agree a new contract with the midfielder by end of the year
- Both sides have been in talks since July and are hoping to find an agreement
- United are also ready to extend the contract of team-mate Paul Pogba
The Portugal midfielder has been a revelation since arriving at the Red Devils in January 2020 from Sporting Lisbon, scoring 44 goals in 85 games and emerging as one of the key players under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Fernandes is already tied down to United until the summer of 2025 but the club are already keen to reward Fernandes for his excellent form.
Manchester United have reportedly opened talks over a new contract with Bruno Fernandes
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, United and Fernandes and United have been engaged in ‘positive talks’ over extending his deal.
Romano adds that United would hope to have the 27-year-old tied down to a new deal by the end of the year and that negotiations have been ongoing since July.
Fernandes appears keen to remain at Old Trafford and a new deal would be a boost for the club who are also have an eye on keeping his team-mate Paul Pogba.
Both players have already been key men in Solskjaer’s revamped attack this term, which also includes summer signings Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.
The France midfielder who arrived in 2016 for a then world record fee of £89million has slowly gained favour under Solskjaer’s reign but is out of contract next summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got the best out of Fernandes since the midfielder’s 2020 arrival
United also want to prioritise keeping Paul Pogba, and hope to offer him a new deal
The 28-year-old is now reportedly leaning towards staying at United, with talks over extending his current deal expected to take place in due course.
His refusal so far to extend that contract has led to fears at Old Trafford he could depart on a free transfer next summer.
But The Athletic claim United’s 4-1 victory against Newcastle on Saturday has had a significant bearing on the World Cup winner’s thinking about his future and that he is having serious second thoughts about leaving Solskjaer’s side.
Pogba took his tally of assists this season to seven in just four top-flight matches after setting up Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard for their goals against Steve Bruce’s men.
Both midfielders have been key men at the start of the season in United’s revamped attack