A new five-year deal for Bruno Fernandes is expected to be signed by Manchester United in order to reward him for his outstanding performances since signing from Sporting Lisbon.
The playmaker has three years left on his original contract, with an option for an additional year, but United have been in talks with his representation for some time, and the conversations have become increasingly positive in recent weeks, with both parties encouraged by the developments.
While Fernandes is gone on international service, no official announcement of a new contract will be made, but official confirmation of the contract extension could be made in the coming weeks.
When Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford in January of 2020, he cost United an initial £47 million, but he quickly made an impact and helped the team return to the Champions League the following season.
However, he is not alone in this respect at Manchester United, and he remains an important element of the club's long-term plans, which explains the desire to sign him to a long-term contract.
As part of Portugal's World Cup play-off triumph over Turkey, he played 80 minutes, with teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Dalot, who also started.
To qualify for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, Portugal must first defeat North Macedonia on Sunday. In a shocker on Thursday, North Macedonia defeated Italy to go to the play-off final.