Man United signs Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes has joined Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon on a five-and-a-half-year deal. The Portuguese say he will give “everything” to bring “success and trophies” to United.
The Portuguese international, Fernandes has joined United for £47m. But add-ons could increase the overall cost to £67.7m.
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder’s move is the biggest in the Premier League so far during the January transfer window with the deadline at 23:00 GMT on Friday.
Fernandes follows the all-time Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Marcos Rojo in Joining Manchester United from Sporting.
“For me to now play for Manchester United feels incredible.” Said the 25-year-old Portuguese international.
“My love for Manchester United started when I used to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play. And ever since then I have been a big fan of this great club.”
“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 heat the nice words that have been said about me form players that used to play for this team.” Added Fernandes.
Solskjaer as well added, “We have been tracking Bruno for many months. Everyone here has been tremendously impressed with all his attributes and what he will bring to this team.”
“Most importantly, his is a terrific human being with a great personality and his leadership qualities are clear for all to see.”
Fernandes statistics speak on his behalf
The Portugal international joined Sporting for £7.2m from Sampdoria in 2017. The club’s former manager Carlos Carvalhal had signed a player “from another level”
Fernandes scored 64 goals in 137 matches in all competitions for Sporting and won the Portuguese Cup in 2018/19.
He was named the Primeira Liga’s player of the year in 2017/18 and 2018/19. The midfielder has played 19 times for his country winning the UEFA Nations League in 2019.
Fernandes-A player from another level
Fernandes is an incredible player. He is not a number 10, so, we don’t expect him to play there. He is more a number eight. But at the same time, he has a very good last pass and very good delivery from free-kicks and corners.
He is a leader. When you see him play, you notice he is talking to team-mates all the time. Very good players don’t need time to adapt, they can play in all countries. The way he plays and the quality he has, he will be a completely adapted player after two to three days.