The 24-year-old is expected to leave Portugal this summer after a stunning campaign last season in which he provided a combined 51 goals assists from midfield.
Fernandes’ agent, Miguel Pinho, held talks with both United and Tottenham earlier this month but it’s the Red Devils that have maintained their interest and he was back in England last week to hold a second round of talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Mauricio Pochettino remains interested in Fernandes but any move would be dependent on Christian Eriksen’s exit and Spurs are focused on extending his deal, despite the Dane expressing a desire to leave.
Jurgen Klopp is content with his options in midfield and will only be tempted into the market this summer should a versatile forward become available.
It means United are best placed to sign the Portuguese star and the Sunday Express claims they have a free run at the midfielder.
Sporting Lisbon sporting director Marcel Keizer on Fernandes’ future
‘I want Bruno Fernandes to stay, but everyone knows the current situation. It’s going to be difficult to keep him going, he’s on vacation, we’ll see what happens.’
Ed Woodward, the club’s executive vice-chairman, will now focus his efforts on signing at least one midfielder before United depart on their pre-season tour.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka completed his move to the club on Saturday, joining Daniel James as the club’s second arrival this summer.
Metro.co.uk understands United are increasingly confident of signing Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff but that is in addition to a move for Fernandes, who is seen as a more experienced, established signing.