Bruno Fernandes hinted he wants to sign for Manchester United this January as interest in the Sporting Lisbon midfielder hots up.

The Portugal international is at the heart of a transfer tussle between the Red Devils and Barcelona, with both clubs looking to snap him up this month.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Fernandes since the summer window, and would have signed him already if they could agree on a price with Sporting.

Pressure from Barcelona may see the Red Devils pay more than they intended, but it seems the race to sign him may not be as stressful as it could be.

Bruno Fernandes hinted he wants to sign for Manchester United this January

Fernandes was stopped by a reporter from Portuguese television station SIC on Tuesday, who asked him two direct questions about his future.

The first question was whether a move to the Premier League is his preference, to which he responded: "It always was."

The second was whether Manchester United is his desired destination, to which he replied slightly more cautiously, saying: "Anything really."

According to Sky Sports, Barcelona have plans to snap the midfielder up and then immediately send him out on loan to Valencia.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked to provide an update on United's pursuit of Fernandes

The publication claims the Catalan giants have even had a bid for the player accepted.

However, Man United are also believed to have had a slightly lower bid of around £46.6million plus add-ons accepted by Sporting too.

This would mean that the ball is very much in the midfielder's court, and he, in theory, can decide whether he wants to remain at Sporting or sign for either United or Barcelona.

There are just days to complete business in this month's transfer window.

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On Tuesday, Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked to provide an update on United's pursuit of Fernandes.

The Norwegian provided a cagey response, saying: "You're wasting it [your time].

"So don't ask it. I haven't got any updates for you on transfers. I think it was a waste [of a question]. I gave you the option.

"I haven't got anything to say now, my mind is on the game."