have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Bruno Fernandes after Sporting Lisbon closed in on his replacement.
The Portugal international playmaker, 24, is a summer transfer
target for both clubs as they look to strengthen in that area of the field.
Fernandes, who is valued at £70million, scored 32 goals and added 18 assists in all competitions last season and helped his country win the UEFA Nations League
United reportedly met officials from Sporting to make progress on the deal this week and now reports by Italian website Alfredo Pedulla
say the Portuguese club have found his replacement.
Manchester City have also been linked with Fernandes this summer.
Sporting are closing in on a deal for Palermo's Aleksandar Trajkovski, 26, who is poised to sign a four-year contract.
Trajkovski, an international player for North Macedonia, is versatile enough to play the playmaker role, as well as on the wing and up front.
United will certainly need to fill a hole in midfield if Paul Pogba gets his wish and completes a £150m move to Real Madrid or Juventus this summer.
Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff is another possibility but Old Trafford chiefs have reportedly been left stunned by his £50m price tag.