Ed Woodward is under instruction from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to seal the signing of Harry Maguire as soon as possible.
That’s so the club can work on securing other deals before the window slams shut on August 8.
Bruno Fernandes has been earmarked as one of Manchester United’s top transfer targets since the end of last season, despite there being little movement.
United themselves have grown frustrated with the talk surrounding a potential deal, claiming the majority of the noise is coming from Portugal and isn’t necessarily true.
Sky Sports News reported on Thursday that Manchester United are unlikely to sign Fernandes and are focusing on other targets.
That wasn’t received well by supporters who have been eagerly awaiting positive news.
They were also treated to a masterclass from the midfielder against bitter rivals Liverpool in New York, in which he scored the opener.
Now according to the Manchester Evening News, the deal is not entirely dead and a bid could still be submitted in the coming weeks.
United are still after two midfielders and need to replace Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera who have both left in the past six months.
Jurgen Klopp has said he does not want to see United sign Fernandes, because he is a top class player.
Sky Sports reporter Anton Toloui suggested yesterday morning that Old Trafford chiefs could be pretending to walk away from the deal, so that that they receive encouragement to sign him.
He said on Good Morning Transfers: “Is this just a negotiation tactic?
“I’m only asking this because if Manchester United walk away from the table and Sporting want to cash in, the only way to get Manchester United back to the table is to accept less money.
“Then the negotiations start again, it’s quite a common tactic to say that you don’t really want a player then you go back in for him again later on.
“I’m not saying that they are doing this, but it’s more common than you think and this is an excellent player who could genuinely, legitimately improve them in the short term.”
United have less than two weeks to conclude their transfer business, with incomings and outgoings expected before the start of the new Premier League season.