Bruno Fernandes may get his move.
The 25-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder wants a move to Manchester United, and Sky Sports is reporting that the two clubs are close to agreeing on a fee.
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The move will cost $56 million and could escalate to $77 million with incentives, and that it could happen as soon as the end of Friday’s derby between Sporting and Benfica.
Part of the negotiations over a deal for Fernandes included Manchester United not wanting him to play in Friday’s game but the player and Sporting insist that he was going to play in order to say a proper goodbye to the club and the supporters.
United will be crossing its fingers over Fernandes’ health during the 4:15 p.m. ET kickoff is Lisbon.
Sporting is already 12 points off the Champions League places, and 16 off Benfica’s title pace.
Fernandes has been red hot for Sporting, notching 15 goals and 13 assists in 25 appearances, including five and three in five Europa League outings.
He scored 32 times with 18 assists in 2018/19, and could take United’s Top Four push to a whole new level.