Ed Woodward has been spotted travelling to Paris via Eurostar as transfer talks between Sporting and Manchester United heat up over Bruno Fernandes.
The Old Trafford supremo has been central to the club's transfer plans and there have been strong links to the Portuguese midfielder.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a huge fan of the player and is keen on snapping up the 25-year-old to add more goal threat to his team.
With Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay out injured, the need for a new midfielder has never been larger and Fernandes would certainly fit the bill Solskjaer wants.
However, the Norwegian was giving nothing away when asked about how close United were to signing him.
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“I've got no transfer updates, so no,” he said on Tuesday morning.
“If we get something that we can tell you about we will, but I've got no news now.”
Reports in Portugal insist a transfer fee has been agreed after Sporting chiefs met with United over the weekend.
They have since returned to Portugal and pictures have emerged of Woodward on the move too.
Starsport reported that United were keen on wrapping up a deal for Lille star Boubakary Soumare ASAP after signing Fernandes .
And Woodward was spotted on the Eurostar en route to Paris on early Tuesday morning.
The 8:55 AM train would have reached Lille at 11:37 AM, giving enough time to get comfortable in the French city.
Soumare could become the second signing of United's transfer window after Fernandes, who was watched by Solskjaer against Porto earlier this month .
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It has been reported that a £65m fee has been agreed – £51m of which will be paid up front.
Former Sporting defender Marcos Rojo could also be used as part of the deal to sweeten matters.
The Argentine has struggled to break into the first-team at Untied this campaign despite a number of injury concerns at the back.
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