It's nearly the halfway point of the winter transfer window and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to purchase any players despite the obvious need for investment.
Fernandes was heavily linked with a move away from the Portuguese side in the summer, after a breathtaking 2018/19 season, scoring 20 times and providing 13 assists in just 33 league appearances.
The Express says United officials met with Sporting Lisbon chiefs in London on Friday to try and thrash out a deal after stepping-up their interest in the attacking midfielder following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's scouting mission to Portugal last week.
Bruno Fernandes is valued at nearly 65 million euros but United hope to sign him for a lower fee by including one of their players in the deal.
Certain reports had also indicated that Manchester United were willing to sweeten the pot by offering a player on loan.
Fernandes was on their radar in the summer transfer window as well but the move didn't materialise.
Manchester United had hoped they would have a clear run at Fernandes as Solskjaer looks to bolster his midfield options following serious injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay in recent weeks. So, it is better for Man United fans to focus more on the stories coming from the player's home country i.e. Portugal.
"I'm already thinking about the game with Benfica and I'm thinking about using him [Bruno Fernandes]". I know we have resources if the right player becomes available for the right money, and they've been so good to me.
"We do have the backing to do something if the right thing comes up in this window".