Manchester United have completed the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Club of Portugal, the club have announced.
The Portuguese international has put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half year contract, with an option to extend for a further year. The BBC are reporting that we have paid €55 million (£47m) for the superstar with add-ons that could see the overall deal increase to €80 million (£67.7m).
Bruno Fernandes had been linked with a move to Old Trafford for a long while so it will come as a relief to the club and supporters that we were finally able to secure the deal.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder scored 63 goals and recorded 52 assists in 137 appearances in all competitions during his two-and-a-half years in the Portuguese capital. He has 19 caps for the Portuguese national team, scoring twice.
Sporting CP paid a reported €8.5 million plus bonuses to Sampdoria for the midfielder back in 2017. Fernandes started his career in his home country with Novara, before moving to Italy with Udinese in 2013. He stayed there for three seasons before spending a solitary season with Sampdoria.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was thrilled with the signing, telling the club’s official website:
“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. 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.”
Bruno Fernandes could make his Manchester United debut as early as Saturday when we host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the evening Premier League game.
The club’s latest signing had this to say on his move:
“My love of Manchester United really started when I used to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play and ever since then I have been a big fan of this great club. For me to now play for Manchester United feels incredible, I have worked hard to get to this moment and I can promise the fans that I will give everything for the badge to help bring us more success and trophies. I want to thank Sporting for everything they have done for me. It is surreal to hear the nice words that have been said about me from players that used to play for this team. A massive thank you to Ole and everyone at Manchester United for the trust they have shown in me and I can’t wait to start to repay that on the pitch.”
We head into the weekend six points outside of the Champions League places, but with Chelsea away to Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at home to Manchester City, three points against Wolves would likely put us in a much stronger position.