It’s done. Bruno Fernandes is a Manchester United player. After the club announced on Wednesday that a deal had been agreed with Sporting CP pending personal terms with the player and a successful medical, those formalities are now out of the way. The former Sporting captain has signed a five-and-a-half year contract at United, with the option for a further year.
#MUFC is delighted to announce the signing of Bruno Fernandes!— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 30, 2020
Fernandes’ transfer cost United a reported €55m upfront, and a further €10m in easily achievable incentives. He is reportedly earning around £70,000 per week before bonuses. After pursuing a Premier League move for some time, the player expressed his happiness at signing for the Red Devils:
“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.”
Fernandes had been linked with United both last summer and for all of this year’s January transfer window. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed United’s long-term interest in the attacking midfielder, and also sounded excited about the prospect of him joining:
“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.”
Crucially, Bruno’s signing was confirmed in time for him to be eligible for United’s Premier League fixture against Wolves on Saturday. His official squad number is yet to be confirmed by the club, but is reported to be either 18 (recently vacated by Ashley Young) or 25.