Bruno Fernandes is set to finally complete a move to Manchester United on Wednesday after prolonged negotiations with Sporting for the Portuguese midfielder’s signature.
Fernandes has been the subject of interest from the Red Devils throughout January and whilst the deal looked to have hit an impasse, the 25-year-old is set to complete his desired move to Old Trafford.
It’s believed United will play an initial fee of €55 million with a further €10 million in appearance-related bonuses. Should Fernandes win the Ballon d’Or or help the club win the Champions League, an additional €15 million will be owed to the Primeira Liga club.
Fernandes is set to fly to the North West on Wednesday, though he may not undergo a medical until Thursday morning with legal verification still holding up the move from being officially formalised, according to Sky Sports.
In terms of wages, Fernandes will reportedly earn a figure at around the £70,000-a-week mark, with performance-related bonuses on top. If accurate, the figure sees remarkable improvement in United’s handling of the contract offered to new signings, with Alexis Sánchez’s £350,000-a-week, which the club still contribute to, bringing a reminder of past mistakes made by the board.
United are also said to be on the verge of a second January signing with Southend United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop travelling to the club to undergo a medical. The 20-year-old has made 17 appearances for Sol Campbell’s side this season and the former Arsenal captain has confirmed Bishop is having a medical at another club, though he refused to name where.
The two signings come on the same day as ‘twenty to thirty’ fans threw red flares onto the property of club CEO Ed Woodward in protest about the 48-year-old’s handling of the club, with frustration also growing within Old Trafford as chants of ‘Woodward’s going to die’ being heard in recent matches. The club have since released a statement regarding the incident which read: “Fans expressing opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another. There is simply no excuse for this.”
“We know that the football world will unite behind us as we work with police to identify the perpetrators of this unwarranted attack. Thankfully no-one was harmed, and officers will liaise with security officials over the coming days to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and identify those involved.”
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