On a day that Manchester United will want to forget, getting beat on aggregate by Manchester City they have announced the biggest transfer of the window.
The club have finally agreed to sign Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. The agree fee is in the region of 55m euros (£47m) which could rise to over 80m euros (£67.6m) if the player meets the addons.
Manchester United have agreed to pay an additional 5m euros (£4.2m) if they qualify for the Champions League this season. The remaining payment of 15m euros (£12.6m) is based on individual success, most probably games played, goals scored etc.
Whilst this agreement is subject to him passing a medical and agreeing personal terms the player looks like to be at Old Trafford in the next day or so.
There has been much speculation that FC Barcelona were interested in signing the central midfield star, that is what potentially pushed the club to finalise quickly.
“I’m delighted that we’ve agreed [the deal] with Sporting, there have been good negotiations with the club and we know, through history, these two clubs have been good with each other. Now we’ve reached that agreement, hopefully we can get the boy’s contract over the line and the medical done and then, hopefully we can announce it.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated today.
Manchester United have been linked with the player since the summer but were unwilling to pay the 80 million euros in a lump sum. The team could potentially receive that amount if he brings success to the team.
We at FootballDirectNews.com bring the latest news direct to your inbox, be sure to subscribe for the latest news each day. Bruno Fernandes joined Sporting from Sampdoria for £7.2m in 2017 and has gone on to score an amazing 64 goals in 137 matches in all competitions, winning the Portuguese Cup with Sporting in 2018-19.
Manchester United will be desperate to get him on the pitch and scoring goals, something the team are lacking at the moment. Key players Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are unavailable due to injury which could potentally be long term.