AC Milan have fallen behind Manchester United in the chase for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes, a report claims.

Fernandes, 24, has had a sensational season in Portugal and has registered 27 goals and provided 15 assists which has meant he has grabbed the attention of Europe’s top clubs.

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, United are “well positioned” in the race for his signature and have made “informal contact” for Fernandes.

Milan though are also believed to be interested in the Portugal international, who is said to have a €100million release clause in his contract.

Sporting’s financial worries could mean he is sold for a lower fee, and Leonardo could spring into action given that there has been intense speculation about a potential midfield overhaul this summer.

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