English side Manchester United have finally completed the transfer of Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandez from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.
The most talked about transfer in recent weeks which many expected to happen in the summer, 2019, looked like a transfer which would never happen.
Apparently, both parties eventually agreed on a fee which will see the Old Trafford club pay an initial fee of 55million euros rising to 80 million euros with add-ons to the Portuguese side.
An official statement from the ‘red devils’ read,
“Manchester United is delighted to confirm the signing of Bruno Fernandez from Sporting Clube de Portugal”
In his first official interview with the club, Bruno said “My love of Manchester United really started when I used to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play and ever since then I have been a big fan of this great club. For me to now play for Manchester United feels incredible, I have worked hard to get to this moment and I can promise the fans that I will give everything for the badge to help bring us more success and trophies. I want to thank Sporting for everything they have done for me. It is surreal to hear the nice words that have been said about me from players that used to play for this team. A massive thank you to Ole and everyone at Manchester United for the trust they have shown in me and I can’t wait to start to repay that on the pitch.”
His new manager was also full of praise for his new number 10, “We have been tracking Bruno for many months and everyone here has been tremendously impressed with all his attributes and what he will bring to this team. Most importantly he is a terrific human being with a great personality and his leadership qualities are clear for all to see. Bruno’s goals and assists stats speak for themselves, he will be a fantastic addition to our team and he will help us push on in the second part of the season. The winter break is coming at a perfect time for us to integrate Bruno into the squad and for him to get to know his team-mates.” he said.
Bruno Fernandez will be the fourth major signing under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The former Sporting Lisbon sensation is likely to make his Premier League and home debut against Wolves over the weekend. He signs a 5-year and half deal with an option to extend for a further year.