Duncan Castles explains why Fernandes move is unlikely to happen by Friday
- Fernandes appears to be on the verge of joining United.
- However, Sporting want to use the midfielder one last time.
- The Portuguese side face Benfica in the Primeira Liga on Friday.
Speaking on the The Transfer Window podcast about the Portuguese, Castles said: "Ideally Sporting want to retain Bruno for their next match which is the big Lisbon derby against Benfica. They want to retain him and play him for that game before selling him.
"Normally when you're talking about a transfer of this magnitude it'd be very unlikely for a club to allow a player to play particularly a fraught, aggressive, game like a derby. However, Sporting are struggling in the Portuguese league and again it seems to be a PR exercise.
"They don't want a big defeat against Benfica therefore they'd like to field him in the match. From Bruno's side the information I have is that the deal is in place with Manchester United, so the financial terms are there.
"Also the briefing from Sporting is that they expect this deal to go through and expect it to be concluded this week i.e. all the terms fixed with Manchester United. Ideally, they retain Bruno for the Benfica game and then he moves after it."