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Window Shopping, January 28: Has Man United fended off Barcelona for Fernandes?

Bruno Fernandes may be close to joining Manchester United. (Photo by Pedro Fiúza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The January transfer window is open in Europe. We’ll keep you updated with the latest news and speculation from silly season’s winter cousin.

Man United ups bid for Sporting’s Fernandes

In an effort to secure Bruno Fernandes’ services now, Manchester United has upped its offer to Sporting Lisbon to $88 million, according to Sky Sports.

United would pay a little over $60 million now, with up to an additional $27 million in add-ons. Barcelona’s offer is understood to be higher, but a significant portion of it would not be paid until the summer.

(Illustration via Paul Rosales/Yahoo Sports)

There’s been back-and-forth all month between United and Sporting Lisbon over Fernandes’ evaluation, and it finally seems the two sides are in agreement. The window shuts at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, and the deadline often compels clubs to hammer out difference with expediency.

Fernandes is a multi-faceted attacking midfielder who’s scored 64 goals for Sporting and is also an excellent passer. United is six points back of the top four in the Premier League table, and signing Fernandes would at least appear to be a strong statement following the club’s deafening silence with regard to its current struggles.

Past transfer talk

Spurs’ Eriksen completes Inter Milan move (Jan. 28)

Cavani hands in transfer request, ‘strong chance’ he’ll join Atletico (Jan. 22)

Real Madrid sign Flamengo playmaker Reinier for reported $33M (Jan. 20)

AC Milan considering move for USMNT defender Robinson (Jan. 20)

PSG sporting director: Cavani has asked to leave (Jan. 19)

Report: Galaxy sign Chicharito, make him highest-paid MLS player (Jan. 17)

Young signs with Inter Milan from Man United (Jan. 17)

Pogba reportedly set to leave Man United this summer (Jan. 15)

Red Devils chasing Pogba replacement in Sporting’s Fernandes (Jan. 15)

Atleti to target Lacazette if Cavani deal falls through? (Jan. 14)

Barcelona legend Xavi turns down managerial job (Jan. 12)

Galaxy reportedly chasing Chicarito as Zlatan replacement (Jan. 12)

Reina joins Aston Villa on loan from Inter Milan (Jan. 10)

Young turns down contract extension from Manchester United (Jan. 9)

Borussia Dortmund won’t sell Sancho in January window (Jan. 8)

Chelsea willing to let Giroud go, but where to? (Jan. 7)

D.C. United reportedly eyeing Luka Modric (Jan. 6)

Arsenal makes contact with Bayern Munich over Boateng (Jan. 6)

Chelsea’s $44.5M bid for Lyon striker Dembélé rejected (Jan. 3)

Inter Milan reaches out to Tottenham about Eriksen (Jan. 2)

Zlatan will wear No. 21 in return to AC Milan (Jan. 2)

Liverpool completes move for RB Salzburg’s Minamino (Jan. 1)

Borussia Dortmund opens window by swooping in for Håland (Dec. 29)

Five Premier League clubs who could make moves (video)