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Man United chiefs believe they are close to first signing: Talks have been held

Manchester United look to bolster their squad with João Mario. It is suggested that this deal could be their first after much speculation. Manchester United are looking o complete their first deal if this transfer window after apparently losing out to Bayern for Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches.

More so Juventus look to be ahead of them in the race for want-away James seems a more realistic bid for Mario is on the cards.

Starsport believes that the Old Trafford heads have held a series of constructive meetings with the Sporting Lisbon star. They also believe to have met with the representative and a deal is believed to be near completion.

The midfielder is believed to have a stunning £45m release clause in his contract and the Red Devils are prepared to go all out and meet Sporting’s asking price. Moreover, United are looking to offer him a bumper contract worth £140,000-a-week.

Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho is reluctant to sell Mario, but knows he is powerless to keep him if United meet the asking price.

Sporting President has also held talks with Mario with regards to his future. In contrast to his desires, Mario has not held back about his desire to play in the Premier league more so at Old Trafford. Sporting will now have to brace themselves for a move as the midfielder is looking ahead.

Sporting will now have to simply await the Red Devils for a bid. It believes the United board are keen add the midfielder regardless of who will be managing the club next season. United will now press ahead with a mammoth bid.

Louis Van Gaal has been left hanging on to his job again after a devastating 3-2 defeat to West Ham.This is expected to spell the end for Van Gaal even if he wins  the FA Cup. Yet with or without Van Gaal, United see Mario to be a player that can bolster their midfield.

He has vision and skills which the United side have struggled for. Moreover, he has contributed a towering 12 assists and 6 league goals this campaign. United can definitely do with the quality however, will they pull through despite Sporting holding out for £45 million?

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