Man Utd could ask Bruno Fernandes for help in securing transfer target who Arsenal want

Bruno Fernandes could aid Manchester United in their pursuit of a new left-back but they will have to act quickly as Arsenal are already making waves to rival AC Milan for the star.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to find a defender who can challenge Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams for a starting spot.

The Red Devils have been keeping one eye on Real Madrid’s third choice left-back Sergio Reguilon, who spent last season on loan with Europa League champions Sevilla.

Portuguese publication O Jogo claims United are also monitoring Sporting Lisbon’s rising talent Nuno Mendes.

And that is where it would make sense in turning to Fernandes if they want to recruit his former team-mate.

United have a good relationship with Sporting after they bought Fernandes for £47million in January.

Their history stretches even further back than that as they also purchased a young Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.

Mendes broke into Sporting’s first team last season and went on to make seven league starts.

None of those came while Fernandes was at the club but the pair were together during last summer’s pre-season tour of America and were in the same squad which drew 2-2 with Liverpool at the Yankee Stadium.

Mendes penned a new five-year contract this summer which included a £40.5m release clause.

O Jogo suggests that Sporting would accept a slightly lower fee but United have yet to follow up their interest.

Arsenal are said to be the most serious Premier League contenders for the 18-year-old’s signature by declaring their intention to make a formal approach.

But AC Milan have firmed up their stance and seen an opening offer of £13.5m rejected.

A chance to link up with his former skipper at Old Trafford could sway Fernandes’ decision, just as the midfielder’s mind was made up when he spoke to Ronaldo before his move.

Liverpool are also said to have been scouting Mendes but they instead opted to sign Olympiacos’ Kostas Tsimikas.

The Greece international will provide back-up for Andrew Robertson in the upcoming campaign.

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