The Portuguese midfielder impressed at the U21 European Championships just recently but failure to reach the semi-finals has seen this deal concluded sooner than initially expected and he becomes Sporting’s sixth signing of what has already been a busy summer.
Confirmation of this deal was announced via both club’s official websites this evening and the transfer fee is €8.5 million (£7.5million) plus €500,000 (£442,000) in add-ons and La Samp have also negotiated a 10% sell-on fee.
Fernandes has signed a five-year deal with Sporting – who finished third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season – and has a release clause of €100million (£88million) written into his his long-term contract at the Estádio José Alvalade.
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Comfortable with the ball at his feet, the 22-year-old was Sampdoria chief creator in Serie A last season as he created more chances than any player across the entire squad (52) and much will be expected of him as he looks to secure a place in the Portugal senior squad for next summer’s World Cup.