Man Utd target Fernandes: Premier League transfer is my preference

The deal taking the Portugal midfielder to Old Trafford looks to be complete as we await official confirmation

Bruno Fernandes said moving to the Premier League has "always" been his preference after Manchester United struck a deal to sign the Sporting CP captain.

One of football's most drawn-out transfer sagas is believed to be reaching its conclusion, with Fernandes poised to swap Sporting for United in a deal initially worth £47million (€55m) plus add-ons ahead of Friday's deadline, Goal confirmed on Tuesday night.

Fernandes - heavily linked to struggling Premier League giants United this month and in the previous transfer window - is reportedly set to travel to Manchester on Wednesday.

Asked if the Premier League was his preference following reports of a possible move to either La Liga champions Barcelona or Valencia, Fernandes told SIC: "It always was."

Pressed on whether United was his specific preference, Fernandes replied: "Anything really."

United could pay up to €80m (£68m/$88m) for the Portugal international with a number of additional clauses having been agreed between the two parties.

It is understood that €10m of those add-ons should be relatively straightforward to achieve, but the details involved in the final €15m are far less likely to be reached.

Reports on Tuesday suggested that Barcelona had shown an interest in signing Fernandes, with the Blaugrana hopeful of using him as a makeweight in their pursuit of Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno.

The transfer could be seen as a positive move from Red Devils executive vice-chairmain Ed Woodward, who had his house attacked by angry Manchester United fans on Tuesday evening,

Manchester United released a statement after footage of the attack emerged, condemning the rogue supporters for an 'unwarranted attack'.

"Fans expressing opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another", the Red Devils statement read. "There is simply no excuse for this."

Woodward and his family were not believed to have been at home when the attack happened.

Fernandes, linked to Tottenham and Real Madrid previously, has scored 15 goals in all competitions for Sporting this season.

The 25-year-old netted 31 goals last term, including 20 in Primeira Liga.

United, meanwhile, face Manchester City in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final – trailing 3-1.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils then play Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday before their mid-season break.