Manchester United officially announced the signing of Portuguese Bruno Fernandes this Wednesday. The midfielder was bought from Sporting Lisbon in a deal until June 2025.
The Red Devils, in a brief statement, confirmed the transfer of the player from Sporting.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has reached an agreement with the Sporting Club of Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes. The agreement is subject to medical examination and agreement with the player,” the English club announced.
The brand new Manchester United player will have to pass the medical examination first. The player will do this Thursday at the facilities of the British side.
The negotiation between Manchester United and Sporting lasted over the last weeks. Although it seemed that the deal was going to be sealed at the beginning of January, it was finally necessary to wait until Wednesday.
The Portuguese side, Sporting, will receive 55 million euros plus another 25 in variables.
The 25 million euros in variables will depend on the number of matches that the Portuguese will play, whether the Manchester team will qualify for the UEFA Champions League or not, and also including bonuses for individual prizes of the Portuguese.
And Bruno Fernandes got very close to close a deal with Barcelona. It was reported by both Spaniard and Portuguese media that the Catalans tried to sign the Portuguese midfielder while Sporting and Man united were still in talks.
Knowing that Barcelona could change Fernandes’ mind, Man United agreed on raising their offer and completed the deal.
The fact is that 55 million – possibly 80 – is a hell of money for Bruno Fernandes. He can surprise everyone, but we all know that Man United is famous for overpaying their athletes and – at least after the Ferguson era – not having concrete results off this politic.
It’s up to the Portuguese himself to show that he will not become another Fred, Paul Pogba, or Alexis Sanchez, and will thrive at the Red Devils.