Bruno Fernandes is reportedly refusing to sign a new contract at Manchester United until he receives assurances over their long-term plans in the transfer market. The Portuguese playmaker has been instrumental to the club’s fortunes in the past 13 months since arriving from Sporting for £47million but he remains one of the lowest-paid stars at the Old Trafford.
That is not a fair reflection of his efforts since he came through the door and understandably, United are willing to dig deep into their pockets to ensure Fernandes commits his future to the club.
The 26-year-old currently earns in the region of £100,000-a-week and is someway behind the club’s top earners David de Gea (£375,000-a-week) and Paul Pogba (£290,000-a-week).
Fernandes has hit 16 goals and registered 10 assists in 28 Premier League outings this season, form that has elevated United into second place.
Yet the Red Devils are still 11 points adrift of rivals Manchester City, despite last weekend’s 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.
If United are to make up that ground next season, Ed Woodward will need to ensure the club bring the right signings through the door this summer with the likes of Erling Haaland and Jules Kounde under consideration.
According to The Sun, United have presented Fernandes with a bumper new contract offer that would see him double his wages to £200,000-a-week.
However, the attacking midfielder is said to have handed the board an ultimatum that he will not sign it until he receives assurances that they are planning to spend in the transfer market.
Fernandes is desperate to be fighting for the biggest prizes and will not settle for a top-four finish every season.
He wants to know his ambitions are matched in the Old Trafford ballroom, even though he remains highly unlikely to leave the club.