It looks like Manchester United’s pursuit of Bruno Fernandes has finally come to its end as the Portuguese midfielder’s agent has traveled to England to finish the last details of Bruno’s move to Old Trafford. Moreover, Sporting’s president Frederico Varandas has admitted that any deal for the star could be ‘the most expensive’ in the club’s history.
Per the Daily Mail, Sporting Lisbon are believed to be asking £70 million for the midfielder, who had a marvelous season with the Lions, winning two domestic trophies, scoring 32 goals and adding 18 assists in all competitions.
Fernandes’ performances got him a lot of attention from some of the best clubs in Europe and he was expected to take his talents to England either with Tottenham or Manchester United. Now with Spurs signing Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon and the latest news of his agent Miguel Pinho flying to England, it seems that the Red Devils have won the race for the 24-year-old.
Journalist Nicolo Schira reports that a deal is near to be concluded by the two teams. Fernandes will make €6 million per year plus bonuses, but a final fee between the Portuguese and English sides is yet to be decided, with Sporting’s president confident that the fee will be a record-breaker for the club.
Speaking to Radio Observer, via Squawka, Varandas said: “It could be the most expensive sale of Sporting.
“The most expensive so far was João Mário, for €40m (£36m). There have been only talks for Bruno Fernandes, for now.
“I can only say that if a player leaves that can earn us millions, we will be prepared to attack the market. Always in a sustained way.
“I want Bruno Fernandes to stay, but everyone knows the current situation.”
Fernandes will be the third most expensive signing in Manchester United’s history, behind the deals for Paul Pogba (£89m) and Romelu Lukaku (£75m) respectively, if the rumored £70 million fee is correct. Anyway, Manchester is going to sign one of the best midfielders we saw in Europe last season, one with a bright future ahead.
The Red Devils keep adding young and talented pieces to a squad that is keen to start winning titles again.