Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho took a slight jab at former employers Manchester United and their seemingly endless transfer saga for Bruno Fernandes.
Sources had told ESPN that United agreed to personal terms with Sporting CP star Fernandes over a move in this transfer window. However, failure to settle on a fee — Sporting want €80 million while United are offering €60m — could lead to an impasse, with agent Jorge Mendes saying his client may just stay in Lisbon until the summer.
Following Spurs’ 2-1 win over Norwich City on Tuesday, Mourinho asked a reporter about the status of his ex-club and their pursuit for Fernandes.
“How was Lisbon? Lisbon was good? So Bruno Fernandes come to United or no?” Mourinho quipped. “So you go to Lisbon and he’s not coming? But coming or no?”
The smirking Portuguese gaffer then switched subjects and spoke on his team’s first win in five league matches.
The arrival of Fernandes to Old Trafford would be some much needed salve to Mourinho’s successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United lost their first match to Burnley at home since 1962 on Wednesday, with home fans signing “stand up if you hate Glazers,” in reference to the American family that owns the club.