The bonuses Man United are offering Sporting for Bruno Fernandes are a joke

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Manchester United's pursuit of Sporting's Bruno Fernandes has been a rollercoaster.

At the start of the week, it looked all for the world that the Portuguese midfielder would be moving to Manchester.

Fernandes has been reported to be desperate for a move to United and is trying to force through the move.

There have even been reports that Fernandes has already agreed personal terms with The Red Devils.

However, in recent days, reports have emerged stating that the deal is in jeopardy.

The two sides are struggling to agree a fee, with United unwilling to match Sporting's valuation.

And the Sun have gone into detail about the main roadblock of the transfer.

They report that United are trying to rush through a deal for the midfielder which would see them pay Sporting £34million, with a further £25.5m in add-ons.

However, the Portuguese side believe they won't get anywhere near £60m as United's add-ons are completely unrealistic.

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That's because among the bonuses are United winning both the Premier League and the Champions League.

And another add-on, put together by United's chief executive Ed Woodward, is a payment if Fernandes wins the Ballon d'Or.

You've got to admire Woodward and United's optimism. It's no wonder Sporting are refusing to budge.

The Manchester club are a shadow of the club they once were and are currently 27 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.

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They aren't even in the Champions League at the moment and it's looking extremely unlikely they will be in next year's competition, unless they win the Europa League.

And, although Fernandes is a brilliant player and would strengthen United significantly, it is very unlikely that he will win the Ballon d'Or during his stay at United.

You can understand United not wanting to overpay for a player currently plying his trade in Portugal, but these bonuses really are ambitious indeed.

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