The 26-year-old midfielder has been United’s best performer since his arrival in the winter transfer window, and as he approaches his anniversary with the side, they are preparing to offer him new terms to keep him committed at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese international did not start in yesterday’s embarrassing 3-1 win over West Ham in London on Saturday, but was part of the comeback to negate may of his colleagues’ earlier incompetence.
Fernandes earns around £100,000 a week, and could be offered £200,000 as a reward for his impressive performances. He has scored 22 goals in just 38 appearances which is an exceptional return for a midfielder, even if he is almost always on penalty duties for his side.
The newspaper reports that other clubs have noticed his decisive contributions for the side and are considering making moves, with Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona named as two potential suitors. Real will need to replace Luka Modric at some point and he would perhaps be best suited to a move to the Spanish capital. Barcelona meanwhile need to sort out just what the hell is going on here, before they decided to spend any more money. Not that such a problem will necessarily stop them from flailing wildly.
Fernandes only has a few Portuguese cup medals to his name, and given he plays for Manchester United his hopes of winning a league title any time soon are pretty slim. A move away is likely inevitable in a few years if he is not given the chance to challenge for serious honours in the near future, and that seems exceptionally remote given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and executive vice-bozo Edward Woodward do not look like leaving any time soon.