BRUNO FERNANDES will reportedly be Sporting Lisbon captain against Benfica on Sunday before completing his switch to Manchester United.
He is waiting for the move to go ahead with the new season looming with United set for a frantic final week of transfers.
According to Portuguese outlets A Bola and Record, Fernandes, 24, will skipper his club against their Lisbon rivals in the Super Cup match at Estadio Algarve.
Given it is a derby match and the season is looming, Sporting boss Marcel Keizer wants his star man focused against their cross-town rivals and refuses to let up on his preparation for the season.
After being subbed off, Fernandes burst into tears over the weekend in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Valencia at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, believing it to be his final chance to play at the stadium.
Despite Fernandes featuring on Sunday, a deal is believed to be close between United and the Portuguese club over a deal reported to be in the region of £52million.
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United are also tracking Harry Maguire, who could cost the club as much as £80m.
And, as reported last night, United and Juventus in negotiations for a swap-plus-cash deal for Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side dominated but found it hard to break down stubborn Norwegian side Kristiansund in Oslo last night, needing Juan Mata’s last-minute penalty to win.