Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon are yet to agree a deal for midfielder Bruno Fernandes reported Sky Sports.
The 25-year-old has been valued at £60 million by Sporting who also want Marcos Rojo to be a part of the deal.
United have been pursuing the Portuguese since the summer and are open to letting Rojo leave the club this January.
However, Sporting want to discuss other United players as well should Rojo decide to stay at Old Trafford.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for reinforcements in midfield which has been his side’s biggest problem this season.
Injuries to Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera’s summer departure have meant that Solskjaer only has three fit senior midfielders.
Fernandes is a creative force and would be an ideal solution to United’s problems against weaker opposition this season.
The Portuguese international was linked with a move to Tottenham as well in the summer but Spurs eventually signed Tanguy Ndombele instead.
He scored twice in Sporting’s 3-1 victory over Setubal on Friday but it isn’t clear whether he will feature for the club again or not.
Sporting face Benfica this Friday and manager Silas maintained a neutral stance over his availability.
“I can’t guarantee any of these things because I don’t know. Bruno is a huge player and all players like him have a lot of market. I don’t like to think about it, but I’ll be thinking of alternatives in case Bruno leaves. I hope it doesn’t happen, but we have to start thinking that.”Sporting manager Silas on Fernandes’ availability against Benfica
United meanwhile will be hoping to finish the deal as soon as possible with an away match at Liverpool fast approaching on Sunday.
It looks unlikely that the deal will be finalised in time for Fernandes to feature at Anfield but the clubs are expected to reach an agreement soon.