Manchester United have completed the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP in a deal which could be worth up to €80 million.
On Wednesday, the Old Trafford club announced they had agreed a deal with the Portuguese side, subject to a medical, which has now been completed.
Sporting had posted the figures of the deal included an initial €55m payment with a further €25m in variables. Of those, €5m were related to the player’s appearances, another €5m subject to United’s achievements and a further €15m based on individual awards.
Sources told ESPN Sporting had offered Fernandes to United at the start of the month in an attempt to ease their financial difficulties, but the two sides encountered difficulties once the 25-year-old had agreed personal terms.
Sources told ESPN United were prepared to walk away from the deal if Sporting didn’t lower their demands. Barcelona then appeared close to signing Fernandes as part of a deal which would have seen Valencia forward Rodrigo also move to Camp Nou.
However, on Tuesday, United made a breakthrough in negotiations for the midfielder.
United monitored Fernandes last summer before deciding against making an offer but injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, and Sporting’s desire to sell the player, have seen the club strike a deal.
Fernandes, ranked the No. 10 attacking midfielder in ESPN’s FC 100, has scored 13 goals and provided 13 assists in all competitions so far this season.
He helped Sporting win the Portuguese Cup and the Portuguese League Cup last season and put pen to paper on a new deal with the club in November, but has decided to continue his career in Manchester.