Manchester United are exploring the possibility of signing Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon during the January transfer window.
The Reds were linked with the 25-year-old last summer but expressed their 'irritation' at planted stories in the Portuguese media about the attacking midfielder.
But amid injuries to Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba and an indifferent Premier League campaign, United's need for a creative midfielder with a penchant for goals has been made all too clear.
This has led to the club reigniting their interest in the playmaker but a deal is far from being completed at this stage.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been unwilling to confirm that United are working on a deal, with the player having signed a new contract at Sporting last November.
But this hasn't stopped the interest and speculation building and that will likely reach fever pitch this evening when Fernandes potentially takes the field against Benfica (9:15pm UK time).
Stick with us as we provide live updates below on United's interest in Fernandes ahead of a chance for fans to take a look this evening at who could turn out to be their new signing.
Sporting Lisbon confirm Bruno Fernandes decision
Sporting Lisbon have confirmed that Bruno Fernandes will feature for the club tonight against Benfica.
United are exploring the possibility of a deal this month but for now he remains a Sporting player and he will play this evening.
We will have all the updates on how Fernandes performs in that Primeira Liga clash from (9:15pm UK time).
What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said about Bruno Fernandes
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is remaining coy on Manchester United’s interest in Bruno Fernandes.
There is no denying that the club are trying to sign the Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder, but United are wary of saying too much.
Solskjaer was asked about Fernandes today ahead of facing Liverpool on Sunday and here is what he had to say.
I can’t tell you about any players that play for other teams, no. We’re focusing on this game and that’s my only concern.
Man Utd stance on Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United are exploring the possibility of signing Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon this month.
The club have not denied interest in the attacking midfielder and in fact, the MEN understands that they are working to try and complete a deal this month.
However, that is a far as it goes at the moment as they approach the topic of Fernandes with some trepidation.
A summer packed full of speculation over the potential of Fernandes to United was bookmarked by planted stories in the Portuguese media which ended the Reds’ interest.
This has made United wary and that is something which has been emphasised by what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had to say on the subject of the playmaker.