Sporting CP have released a full financial breakdown for the deal that has seen Bruno Fernandes leave for Manchester United.
The two clubs finally agreed a long-awaited deal for the Portugal international on Wednesday after a drawn-out transfer saga which included reports of Barcelona also showing an interest. United confirmed later on Thursday that Fernandes’ contract will last five-and-a-half years, with the option to extend by a further year.
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- Man Utd confirmed they had reached an agreement with Sporting CP for Fernandes on Wednesday.
- The deal will cost the Red Devils an initial £46.5m.
- A further £21m will be payable to Sporting CP in add-ons.
- These include player participation bonuses, individual player prize bonuses and another £4.2m dependant on Untied’s performance in the Champions League.
- Fernandes managed eight goals and seven assists in 17 league appearances for Sporting prior to the move.
Now the deal has been ratified, Fernandes is available to be included in the United squad for this weekend’s Premier League fixture against Wolves.
“Let’s get the contract signed and medical done but the boy is fit and ready to play, I would presume. Let’s see if we can get it done tomorrow,” Solskjaer responded on Thursday when asked if his new signing would feature at the weekend.
According to an official Sporting CP statement, the Red Devils have paid an initial €55m (£46.5m), with a further €25m (£21m) available in add-ons.
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These include up to €5m (£4.2m) subject to player participation, €5m (£4.2m) dependant on United’s performance in the Uefa Champions League and a further €15m (£12.6m) related to individual player prizes.
Sporting CP say an extra €5.5m (£4.6m) will be paid by United to cover “intermediation services”.
Fernandes, who will wear the number 18 shirt at Old Trafford, was directly involved in 15 goals across just 17 Liga NOS appearances for Sporting prior to his move, scoring eight and assisting a further seven – he also bagged five goals in five games in the Europa League.
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“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,” he told the club website.
“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.”
Bruno Fernandes was directly involved in a shot once every 14.3 minutes in the Primeira Liga for Sporting CP:
→ 83 appearances
→ 271 shots attempted
→ 239 chances created
64 goals and 46 assists across all competitions in total. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/JrY4UQDARw
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained United’s motives for making the deal.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
United next play Wolves in the Premier League this Saturday. The game, and potentially Fernandes’ debut, kicks of at 17:30 at Old Trafford.