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Manchester United are edging ever closer to sealing a deal with Sporting Lisbon for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes during the January transfer window. The Portugal international has flourished in his attacking midfield role over the past two seasons, but he is not limited to playing in one position. The 25-year-old has been deployed regularly in three different areas during his senior career in both Italy and Portugal, faring well behind the striker as well as in both an attacking and a deeper midfield role. Fernandes has made over 130 appearances since joining Sporting from Sampdoria for a fee of around £7million back in 2017, only two of which have seen him deployed away from the aforementioned three positions. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in desperate need of a versatile midfielder with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay both on the sidelines, as Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic struggle to impress. The Norwegian will no doubt be aware of Fernandes’ ability to play in more than one area on the pitch, which could have influenced the club’s decision to pursue the deal having missed out last summer. JUST IN: Solskjaer urged to make big decision over current starAmid ...