Manchester United have announced that they have a deal in place to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, subject to a medical.
Manchester United have made an official statement to confirm that they have reached an agreement with Sporting Lisbon to sign Bruno Fernandes. The completion of the deal is subject to a medical and an agreement of personal terms between the player and the Premier League giants.
It is a transfer saga that has dragged on ever since last summer. Manchester United reportedly tailed Bruno Fernandes all through the transfer window, only for a move to fail to materialise. With the Portuguese international enjoying a stellar first half of the season, though, the rumours never really dissipated.
1⃣ Top-scoring midfielder in Europe
⚽️ 32 goals in 53 games during 2018/2019 season
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Instead, speculation linking Fernandes with Manchester United only grew further, with the developments becoming more concrete this week. For quite some time, United and Sporting Lisbon seemed to be differing in their respective valuations of the player.
However, after Manchester United hiked their offer for the 25-year-old, reports emerged that they were on the cusp of securing his services. It now looks as if the Red Devils have moved quickly to secure the services of Fernandes, less than 48 hours before the January transfer window is slated to slam shut.
The Premier League heavyweights have announced that they have reached an agreement with Sporting Lisbon to sign Fernandes. The deal will be formally completed once the player has agreed personal terms with Manchester United and completed his medical at Carrington.
As for the terms of the deal, Sporting have released the figures, which include a €55 million upfront payment and a further €25 million in variables. Among these add-ons, €5 million will be paid based on the player’s appearances, another €5 million are subject to Manchester United’s achievements and a further €15 million will be shelled out on the basis of individual awards.
As for Manchester United, the deal to sign Bruno Fernandes could not have come earlier, seeing as they have sorely missed goals from midfield. With Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay also nursing their respective injuries, United appeared to be lightweight in midfield, but Fernandes’s arrival should solve each of the problems that have plagued them.
What now remains is for Bruno Fernandes to be official unveiled as a Manchester United player, which should be done once he has passed his medical and agreed personal terms. For now, Manchester United have completed their first January acquisition, with Fernandes becoming the fourth Sporting Lisbon player to make his way to Old Trafford.
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