Sporting Lisbon are determined to not lose their star midfielder on the cheap this summer.
Fernandes is keen on the proposed switch to Old Trafford.
And reports have already suggested he has agreed to join the Red Devils.
But a deal still needs to be struck with Sporting as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
looks to strengthen in the middle.
Starsport understands the manager has ordered a move for Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff to be completed this week.
And full attention would then be turned to securing Fernandes’ services for the new season.
A fee is currently the sticking point between the two clubs as United do not want to be held to ransom amid their summer spree.
Fortunately for Solskjaer, it appears Sporting president Frederico Varandas is prepared to yield.