Bruno Fernandes is reportedly on the verge of extending his stay at Manchester United with a new deal on the cards.

According to O Jogo, as relayed by Sport Witness, Bruno Fernandes could end speculation regarding his future and sign a new deal with the club. The latest report insists a five-year contract could be proposed with a bumper pay rise, with the Portuguese international expected to soon pen a new deal.

Manchester United have endured a torrid time on the pitch in the past few years. This season’s failure to succeed in any competition means the club will now head into their sixth year without a trophy, which has become a worrying trend for their fanbase.

Despite finishing second in the Premier League last season, the Red Devils are scrambling with Arsenal and Tottenham for a top-four place this term. Moreover, many key players at the club face uncertain futures, including star attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

In reality, Manchester United are not particularly fussed about Fernandes, who has a contract until 2025, with the club holding rights over another year. However, after glances from some top clubs, who are keeping tabs on the Portuguese international, Manchester United have decided to hand a new deal to ward off any possible interest.

Fernandes has scored 49 goals and provided 39 assists since joining Manchester United in January 2020, becoming one of their key men on the pitch. He opened the current season with a scintillating hat-trick against Leeds United, although he has since shown patchy form since, which has coincided with the club’s poor performances.

Manchester United may focus on other areas such as appointing a full-time manager by securing the new deal. Erik ten Hag has been interviewed in recent days, and the board could soon finalise the appointment of the Dutchman or someone else for the position.

Bruno Fernandes is set to be handed a new five-year deal, with a bumper pay rise, that could bring him on level terms with players like Paul Pogba. The new deal could see the playmaker earn up to €15 million per season.

He will remain some way from what Cristiano Ronaldo earns, but the contract extension could settle his long-term future at Old Trafford, unlike his compatriot, who has been linked with a summer move to PSG.

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