Sporting’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes looks to be on his way to Old Trafford. Photograph: Getty Images

Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal for Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes that will cost a basic €55m fee plus €25m more in add-ons. While(...)

Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba have struggled for form of late. Photograph: Reuters

In American sports there is the phrase “franchise player”. It refers to an individual who is deemed not just to be a good player but someone around wh(...)