Manchester United have agreed to a deal to sign Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP in a transfer that could cost up to 80 million euros to a doctor, the Premier League club have announced.
Once the deal is reached, Fernandes will become his first signing in the January transfer window.
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Sporting said the figures in the agreement included an initial payment of 55 million euros with an additional 25 million euros in variables. Of these, 5 million euros were linked to the player’s appearances, an additional 5 million euros subject to United’s achievements and an additional 15 million euros on the basis of individual rewards.
“Manchester United are delighted to announce that they have reached an agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes,” United said in a statement. “The agreement is subject to a medical examination and the agreement of personal terms.”
Sources told ESPN Sporting had offered Fernandes to United earlier this month in an attempt to ease their financial woes, but both sides faced difficulties once the 25-year-old had agreed personal terms with the Old Trafford club.
Sources told ESPN United were even willing to quit the deal if Sporting had refused to reduce their claims. Barcelona then appeared close to signing Fernandes as part of the deal that would see Valencia before Rodrigo also move to the Nou Camp.
But on Tuesday, United made a breakthrough in negotiations with Sporting for the midfield.
United watched the midfielder last summer before deciding not to make an offer, but injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, and Sporting’s desire to sell the player, saw the club reach a deal.
Fernandes, ranked no. 10 attacking midfielder in ESPN FC 100, has scored 13 goals and provided 13 assists in all competitions so far this season.
“Some are born tall, some reach greatness, and some have a great push on them.”
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— Sporting Clube de Portugal (@Sporting_CP) January 29, 2020
He helped Sporting win the Portuguese Cup and Portuguese League Cup last season and put the pen on paper on a new deal with the club in November, but decided to continue his career in Manchester.
The midfielder is the fourth signing under coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire joining United last summer.