After going through up-and-down negotiations with Sporting CP all month, Manchester United have finally made a breakthrough in the Bruno Fernandes transfer.
It has been arguably the biggest transfer saga of the 2020 January window – Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United.
Despite the deal looking dead in the water earlier this week, as Manchester United’s poor transfer dealings continue to frustrate fans, Simon Peach and many other outlets are reporting that a breakthrough in negotiations has finally wrapped up a lengthy process. The fee is believed to be £46.6m million with £8 million in potential add-ons.
The extremely reliable Fabrizio Romano has hopped on the Fernandes to Manchester United train, claiming that the Portuguese international will fly to Manchester today, as the 2 sides hash out the minor final details of the transfer agreement.
Bruno Fernandes is expected to sign a 4-and-a-half year contract until July 2024, which means he will likely be spending his prime years at Old Trafford, as Manchester United look to climb back to where they belong – the summit of English football. However, that goal looks light-years away at the moment.
Sporting’s original asking price was a whopping £80 million, but the player’s desire to move clubs and Manchester United’s persistence whittled the fee down significantly.
The extra body in midfield will help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer greatly, as Paul Pogba has been MIA pretty much all season, and the team severely lacks creativity without him. Bruno Fernandes brings the creative gene back to the theatre of dreams, and can slot straight into the number 10 role that the painfully average Jesse Lingard has been filling over the last couple months.
Manchester United currently sit in 5th place in the Premier League, which isn’t so bad when accounting for the injuries they’ve had and the fact that they’ve been slaughtered by football fans and the media all season long. However, they are continuing to come up short in winnable fixtures, and if they want to qualify for Champions League football next season, they have to up their game.