Manchester United have finally completed the signing of Bruno Fernandes in a £68million transfer from Sporting Lisbon.
The Portugal midfielder, who was Sporting’s captain, has put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half year deal at Old Trafford with an option for a further year after passing a medical
United have been long-term admirers of Fernandes and tried unsuccessfully to sign him last summer.
They returned for him after an electrifying campaign so far in Portugal and his arrival is a significant addition in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuilding project.
FERNANDES TRANSFER FEE BREAK DOWN…
Total potential transfer fee: £67.8m
Initial fee: £46.6m
Add-ons (based on appearances and CL qualification): £8.5m
The Portugal international was at United’s AON Training Complex on Thursday to undergo a medical and complete formalities.
A picture of Fernandes wearing a red United tracksuit top was posted on the Instagram account of his agent Miguel Pinho.
It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours for the midfielder who was in Portugal on Wednesday trying to finalise an exit from Sporting Lisbon.
Fernandes jumped on a flight to Manchester as soon as United and Sporting Lisbon had put the final touches to the transfer that will cost the Premier League club an initial £46.6m plus up to £21.2m in add-ons. He spent Wednesday night at The Lowry Hotel after landing in England.
It’s understood that the add-ons include a £4.2m payment to Sporting if United qualify for the Champions League, another £4.2m based on Fernandes’ appearances for the club and a separate £12.6m if individual targets are met.
The 25-year-old midfielder could be available to make his debut against Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday before United take a 16-day winter break that includes a warm-weather training camp in Marbella.
The club officially confirmed on Wednesday that terms had been agreed with Sporting, who once sold Cristiano Ronaldo to United for £12.24m, and manager Ole Gunnar welcomed news that the protracted transfer was close to completion.
‘I’m delighted we’ve agreed,’ said Solskjaer.
‘There have been good negotiations with Sporting and we know, through history, these two clubs have been good with each other.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘We have been tracking Bruno for many months and everyone here has been tremendously impressed with all his attributes and what he will bring to this team.
‘Most importantly he is a terrific human being with a great personality and his leadership qualities are clear for all to see.
Bruno’s goals and assists stats speak for themselves, he will be a fantastic addition to our team and he will help us push on in the second part of the season.
Novara Calcio, 2012-13
23 games, 4 goals
95 games, 11 goals
35 games, 5 goals
137 games, 63 goals
19 caps, two goals
Portuguese Cup – 2019
Portuguese League Cup – 2018, 2019
Nations League – 2019
‘The winter break is coming at a perfect time for us to integrate Bruno into the squad and for him to get to know his team-mates.’
Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
Wednesday Manchester City (A)
EFL Cup semi-final, second leg
Saturday Wolves (H)
February 17 Chelsea (A)
February 20 Club Bruges (A)
Europa League last 32, first leg
February 23 Watford (H)
February 27 Club Bruges (H)
Europa League last 32, second leg