Bruno Fernandes has reportedly told a close friend he is ‘confident’ he will complete a transfer to Man Utd in January.
Negotiations over the Sporting Lisbon midfielder’s proposed switch to Old Trafford have stalled this week.
The Record report a stipulation in Fernandes’s current contract entitles him to a £5million bonus – to be shared with his agent Miguel Pinho – should Lisbon receive an offer worth at least £50million for his services.
United are said to have lodged a bid of that amount as a guaranteed up front payment, with additional fees dependant on performance-related bonuses.
However Lisbon have now argued the add-ons are unrealistic, and want to push for a deal starting at £60m as an initial figure.