The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for the Portugal playmaker and reportedly submitted a £49million bid for him last week.
Their offer has been laughed off by Sporting chiefs, however, as they value the 24-year-old at £70million in the current market.
But the Red Devils have been handed a boost as Fernandes, who recorded 20 goals and record 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season, has admitted he WANTS to play in England.
The midfielder is well aware that Sporting hold all the bargaining power, however.
Asked about a potential move away from Portugal, Fernandes said: “The president decides that, not me.
“I don’t care about the market, I’ve talked about this many times. The only thing I can do now is that I need to catch the plane so I don’t miss it.
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“Will this be the last match for Sporting? I don’t know, it’s the coach who decides.
“I told you I’d like to play in England, but that’s not what interests me. It may be when the club decides.”
Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he will not pay over the odds for his targets, even though Leicester are playing hardball for Harry Maguire and Newcastle are demanding £50m for Sean Longstaff.
On Monday, Sporting chiefs warned United they will not accept any offers for Fernandes which do not match their valuation.
“I don’t know if there are many or if there are few [interested clubs],” Frederico Varandas, the Sporting president, told RTP. “What I know, a lot has been spoken of values, coming to the press, €55m, €62m… for that he doesn’t leave, for sure.
“If Bruno Fernandes leaves, players with quality will come. But if Bruno leaves.”
Solskjaer is still keen to settle the future of French midfielder Paul Pogba, with the World Cup winner admitting he is keen for a new challenge last month.
LaLiga giants Real Madrid are desperate to sign Pogba, but United have demanded £170m for the midfielder.