United's bid to sign Fernandes hit a wall at the weekend, with both clubs far apart in terms of their valuation of the free-scoring 25-year-old midfielder.
As a result, Sporting Lisbon's assistant coach Emanuel Ferro has publicly stated his belief that Fernandes will still be at the club beyond the end of January - a group he suggested is shared by the squad.
However, Ole Gunner Solskjaer could be in danger of missing out on his prime transfer target as Portuguese publication Correio de Manha are reporting that Manchester City are ready to try and hijack United's proposed move. "I would prefer that he doesn't go", Silas told reporters.
The Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United saga has dragged on ever since the start of the summer transfer window.
Fernandes has managed to contribute 13 goals and ten assists in 22 matches in all competitions this season for Sporting.
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"He's a player who wants to play in a league superior to ours".
With Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay on the sidelines, Fred appears to be the only player who can make any sort of difference on a consistent basis, even though Nemanja Matic has been in fine touch lately.
It looked like he was on the verge of moving to Old Trafford, and Sporting were expected to finally play for Benfica on Friday night.
For a club that many believe to be a shadow of itself, Manchester United's add-ons truly seem unrealistic.
The newspaper says City have joined the chase to sign Fernandes and are willing to pay up to £86m to sign the 25-year-old, although the Premier League champions want to wait until the summer to conclude the deal.