Sporting are understood to be seeking a much higher initial down payment and will play hardball with United.
Sporting want €65million upfront and another €15m in add-ons for Fernandes.
As a result, Sporting Lisbon's assistant coach Emanuel Ferro has publicly stated his belief that Fernandes will still be at the club beyond the end of January - a group he suggested is shared by the squad.
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Tonight, Sporting will face Braga in the Allianz Cup, a competition in which skipper Bruno Fernandes directly contributed in 4 goals in as many starts to help his team lift the trophy last season. The Premier League heavyweights are only willing to shell out €50 million upfront to land the Portuguese worldwide, while Sporting Lisbon want a €65 million initial fee instead.
It has always been common knowledge that Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for attack-minded midfield reinforcements, amid Jesse Lingard's struggles.
United believes that agreeing to Sporting's demands would result in an inflation of subsequent transfer fees demanded by Sporting for players of similar quality. United's recruitment plan is focused on the summer and they will only add players in January if the right deal can be secured. We don't feel Bruno's thinking about leaving.
"We will try to keep him for more games, but it's not up to us".
The report confirms that the 20-time English champions have been considering a move for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder since the summer but opted against a bid ahead of the 2019-20 Premier League season.