After seemingly on the point of collapse last week, the transfer of Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon looks finally close to completion.
The 25 year old midfielder spent most of last summer, and almost all of this transfer window linked with a move to Old Trafford, but the transfer appeared to have foundered with the two sides some way apart on price. However, negotiations continued, and now a breakthrough has been achieved.
Under the proposed deal United will play Sporting an initial fee of €55 million (£47 million). However, with add-ons this sum could increase to the €80 million which the Portuguese club were demanding, for a player who cost them £7.2 million when they bought him from Sampdoria in 2017.
Fernades was named the Primeira Liga’s player of the year for the past two seasons, and has played for the Portuguese national side 19 times, helping them win the inaugural UEFA Nations League.
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