Bruno Fernandes has informed Sporting Lisbon he would like to join Manchester United this month if a deal can be struck between the clubs.

Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, and Matt Judge, the head of corporate development, held talks with the Sporting Lisbon president, Frederico Varandas, at the club’s Stratton Street offices in London’s Mayfair on Friday morning.

Varandas returned to Portugal to chew over United’s proposal and Fernandes remains hopeful an agreement can be reached.