By Website writer; Manchester United have completed deal worth up to 80 million euros (£67 million, $88 million) to sign Portuguese international midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, the Premier League club announced on Thursday evening.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes,” Manchester United stated. The deal came to a completion after Bruno was subject to a successful medical and the agreement of personal terms.
Fernandes, 25, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for many months, but United were previously unwilling to meet Sporting’s valuation.
Sporting confirmed the deal is worth an initial fee of 55 million euros with another 25 million euros in performance-related add-ons.
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. Thanks captain,” Sporting tweeted alongside of video of some of Fernandes’s finest moments for the club.
Bruno Fernandes has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal at Manchester United – and will earn a fair wedge from that deal.
The Portuguese midfielder could pocket up to £150,000 a week at Old Trafford but his base wage is a lot lower.
It is believed the 25-year-old will earn £70,000 a week with various performance-related bonuses to boot.
United were badly in need of midfield reinforcements due to long-term injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.
Fernandes has scored 63 goals in 137 appearances for Sporting since returning to his homeland after spells with Udinese and Sampdoria in Italy.
He was also part of the Portugal side that won the inaugural Nations League in June and has scored twice in 19 international caps.
There had been mounting pressure on United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to land at least one marquee name in the remainder of the transfer window.
Woodward, who has overseen the club’s poor recruitment over the past seven years, had been the target of the fans’ anger in a 2-0 home defeat to Burnley last week that left the Red Devils still six points adrift of the Premier League top four in fifth.
Police have launched an investigation into an attack on Woodward’s Cheshire home on Tuesday night when a hooded group targeted the property with flares and graffiti.
United’s chances of a top-four finish will depend greatly on how they fare in their next two league games at home to Wolves on Saturday and then away to fourth-placed Chelsea on February 17.
Fernandes is expected to be part of United’s squad to host Wolves FC on Saturday evening.
Congratulations Manchester United!