Fabrizio Romano makes £51m claim about Manchester United 'target' as Bruno Fernandes future 'discussed'

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Your round-up of the latest Man Utd stories ahead of another busy summer at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have another busy summer to look forward to as they aim to build on last month’s somewhat surprising FA Cup triumph. Erik ten Hag’s side outplayed Manchester City to claim the famous trophy but an eighth-placed Premier League finish is far from the standard and a return to the top-four will be next season’s top priority.

Whether or not Ten Hag is around to lead that push remains to be seen, with his future still uncertain, but those above the Dutchman are already laying the foundations for a summer of investment. Sir Jim Ratcliffe will take charge of that rebuild in a bid to return his boyhood club to their glory days, and ManchesterWorld has rounded up some of the latest transfer stories to come out of Old Trafford.

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Inacio price-tag

United are one of two Premier League clubs reportedly ‘monitoring’ Sporting CP centre-back Goncalo Inacio ahead of the transfer window opening later this month. Fabrizio Romano reports that the Reds are joined by Liverpool in keeping tabs on the Portuguese international, who is widely expected to make the step up to a top European club.

Despite still being only 22-years-old, Inacio has just completed his fourth season as a first-team regular at Sporting, playing 32 league matches as his side romped to the title. The defender’s form has long had him in the national team and he will likely play a major role in this summer’s European Championships in Germany, with an impressive tournament only likely to increase eyes on him.

Romano adds that any potential suitor will have to activate Inacio’s release clause, believed to be set at €60million (£51.1m), with United and Liverpool the two front-runners. Those in charge at Old Trafford will prioritise central defensive reinforcements, with Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans both leaving while Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof could also be sold if an appropriate offer comes in.

Fernandes discussions

The future of club captain Bruno Fernandes was reportedly among the topics discussed by United’s hierarchy at their end-of-season review. HITC reports that club chiefs ‘retain full confidence’ in the midfielder and will look into agreeing a fresh contract amid reports of intensifying transfer interest, with ‘little appetite’ to losing their creator-in-chief and driving force.

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Fernandes’ future at United has been subject to recent speculation, with the 29-year-old’s representatives sounding out interest from the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus and teams from the Saudi Pro League. Fernandes himself insisted he was keen to remain in Manchester but wanted proof of the club’s long-term ambitions, making clear his desire to win major trophies - something he has done twice in the last two campaigns but both in rather unlikely circumstances.

A meeting between Fernandes, board member Sir Dave Brailsford and technical director Jason Wilcox was said to have taken place last month in which those discussions were held. And after further talks between club chiefs, it seems as though they are keen to tie their captain down to a fresh deal that will extend beyond his current 2026 contract.