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A transfer saga that has lasted nearly as long as the winter window itself finally appears to be nearing a conclusion.
Multiple reports in England, including James Ducker of The Telegraph and Simon Peach of Press Association, have revealed that Manchester United has finally agreed to a deal with Sporting CP for Bruno Fernandes.
Ducker’s report states that Manchester United has agreed to pay $61 million for Fernandes, with another $27 million of add-ons. The 25-year-old will sign a four-and-a-half year deal with an option for another year, taking him under club control through at least the summer of 2024.
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Reports over the past few weeks had highlighted the struggle for the two clubs to come to an agreement regarding the transfer. There were recent rumors over the past 24 hours that Barcelona had gained an interest in Fernandes with Manchester United struggling to get a deal over the line, but those appear to be nothing but a push by the player to drive through a deal.
Fernandes will be a boost to the Manchester United midfield that lost Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera over the summer and have suffered injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, both of whom have grown into vastly important players. The Portuguese international has made 28 appearances for Sporting CP this season across all competitions, scoring 15 goals including in league play.
The deal is still subject to a medical.