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Manchester United eye £10 million transfer for young Portuguese left-back on Nani’s recommendation – reports

Manchester United are apparently preparing to launch a transfer bid for £10 million rated Sporting Clube de Portugal’s 17-year-old left-back, Nuno Mendes, according to reports. The teenager has a year left ons his contract at the Portuguese club and seems to come with a glowing recommendation from a former Portuguese winger – not that one.

Former United winger, Nani, who now plays for MLS side Orlando City has given the Old Trafford club some advice about the fullback. It is stated that the 17-year-old opted not to sign a new contract at the Portuguese club, which could have lasted a further two years and now big clubs are expected to make moves for the player this summer.

Mendes has not yet played at first team level for his club, but has trained with Bruno Fernandes’ former teammates. Nani has clearly heard good things about the player, who is currently coming through the same academy he and Cristiano Ronaldo did. Nani spent eight years at United, heading back to Sporting before moving to Florida.

It is stated that Mendes, 17, is known for his lightning-quick speed, his dribbling ability, and his ability to contribute to attacking play – which is everything that United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking from a left-back. Granted, the club lies in good hands in that position now with Luke Shaw’s rise in form and the appearance of Brandon Williams.

United will need to think about the future, and Solskjaer will have this in his thoughts. A club like United, who will be seeking to bring through youth, whether from the home nations or beyond, is always going to keep an eye out for great talent in and around Europe. Mendes could be a player that the Norwegian manager could be seeking in the future.

It was reported that United held talks with Sporting back in January when they were concluding the deal for Fernandes, but were unable to complete a deal at the time. It is said that the relationship between United and Sporting is a good one, especially as both club have done a lot of business over the years; Ronaldo, Nani and Fernandes came from there.

United will face competition from clubs in Spain, who are seemingly ready to make a move for the player, but should United get involved, they might have some confidence that a deal could be done. Granted, the player may not be guaranteed first team football but if he does make the rise, Shaw could be at risk if his form drops, as could Williams.

However, Williams is able to play on both sides at fullback and at times this season, had played a wing-back role, so he has something else to offer the club in terms of footballing ability. It would seem likely that Mendes, if he ended up signing for United, could be a player for the future, seemingly making his impact at first team level in two or three years.

It is good that Nani seems to think well of United, recommending players he has heard good things about, which shows you the type of player he was. He never really fit in at United, seemingly losing form more often than not but he did do some impressive things for the club and won some major honours – something that he will never forget.

Bruno Fernandes in the centre of a FIFA probe into transfer from Sporting to Manchester United – reports

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes is reportedly at the centre of a probe by FIFA into the transfer from Sporting Clube de Portugal to Manchester United in January 2020. The Portuguese club are struggling financially, despite the £46.5 million transfer earlier in the year. It is reported that they owe Sampdoria money from the deal.

Serie A side, Sampdoria, who Fernandes, 25, played for during the 2016/17 season, claim they are owed £4 million from the sale of the Portuguese magnifico during the January transfer window. It is suggested that the club has made FIFA aware of the situation and will be expecting them to ensure they get what they are owed, if it is correct.

In the summer of 2017, Fernandes was sold to Sporting by Sampdoria in a £7.5 million deal after what seemed like a successful season in which the player made a total of 35 appearances, scoring five goals and a further three assists whilst playing 1,845 minute of football. Of course, this was not the best performance by the player with more still to come.

In his first season at Sporting, Fernandes played a total of 56 times, playing in the Liga NOS, the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, the Taça de Portugal Placard and the Allianz Cup. Fernandes ended the season scoring 16 goals, assisting 20 more in what was his best season yet. This is when the Portuguese club knew the player they had.

During the 2018/19 season, Fernandes played 53 times in the Liga NOS, Europa League, the Taça de Portugal Placard and the Allianz Cup – this time scoring a total of 32 goals, assisting 18 more which saw him involved in 50 goals in 53 appearances which is a good output by the midfielder. It was then that the rest of Europe started to notice the player.

Despite being linked to United during the last summer transfer window, Fernandes only made the move to United in January, initial for £46.5 million in a deal that could rise to around £67 million. It is widely known that Sporting have financial difficulties which have seemingly been made worse by the coronavirus pandemic which has stopped world football.

This was worsened with reports that a German bank, who Sporting did a deal with to release funds upfront for the transfer of Fernandes to United was blocked because of the financial uncertainty following the coronavirus pandemic. The issue here is unrelated to this as Sporting feel they owe nothing to Sampdoria.

When Fernandes moved to Sporting, he unilaterally ended his contract one year after moving to the club, in a similar situation which saw the likes of Rui Patricio, Daniel Podence and Gelson Martins after players were attacked by supporters in the training ground. Whilst the mentioned teammates left the club, Fernandes signed a new contract.

Sporting feel that as his original contract with them was ended by the player, they had signed him as a free agent, meaning any agreement in the original contract was now null and void. This obviously requires a look into the legality of what happened but Sporting feel they are right at this moment in time. I am sure we will see what happens.

Manchester United confirm the signing of Bruno Fernandes on a five-and-a-half year contract

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Bruno Fernandes on a five-and-a-half year contract with the option of a further year. The 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder arrived in Manchester on Wednesday evening as United face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg, which they won 1-0 but lost 3-2 on aggregate. Fernandes was linked to the Old Trafford club all last summer and throughout January.

Fernandes made his professional debut playing for Novara, a club he came through the youth team during the 2012/13 season. He had previously played for Infesta, Boavista and was loaned to Pasteliera whilst playing youth football. During the summer of 2013, Fernandes signed for Udinese in Italy, spending three seasons at the club before signing for Sampdoria in the summer of 2016.

The following summer Fernandes returned to Portugal with Sporting CP, who paid €8.5 million for the player, signing him to a contract with a €100 million release clause. He played for the club for two full seasons, playing around half of the current season. Fernandes has played 137 times for Sporting, scoring 63 goals with a further 52 assists in all competitions, including pre-season matches.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ideally needed to strengthen the midfield during the summer but only signed Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Harry Maguire. Fernandes becomes his fourth signing at the club and there should be many more coming in either this month, which might seem unlikely, or in the summer, which should see United better prepared to get the team ready for the 2020/21 season, which needs to show a lot of improvement.

Fernandes has played for times for Sporting this month; a 2-1 home defeat to FC Porto, a 3-1 away victory over Vitória Setúbal, in which he scored a brace, a 2-0 home defeat to Benfica, and a 1-0 away victory over Marítimo. The 25-year-old has played 2,114 minutes of competitive football for the Portuguese club this season and will be ready to make his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday evening, ahead of the winter break.

When Solskjaer has a full team available, Fernandes could line up with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay in a three-man midfield, which could get United playing the right way. Of course, there would be more depth in the team with Nemanja Matic, Fred plus the likes of James Garner and Dylan Levitt if they do not head out on loan this month, which would be good for their future to gain more first team experience.

Speaking about signing for United, Fernandes speaking to the official Manchester United website, 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 [Gunnar Solskjaer] 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.”

Solskjaer followed by speaking about his fourth signing for the club, saying:

“We have been tracking Bruno [Fernandes] 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.”

This is an exciting time for United supporters who will be looking forward to seeing Fernandes line up for his new club, starting on Saturday. There will then be a break with United not playing until Monday 17 October 2020 when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before facing Club Brugge away from home as the round of 32 stage of the UEFA Europa League commences again, a competition Fernandes could still play in for United.

Manchester United make 'significant breakthrough' in bid to sign Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United have reportedly increased their offer to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP this month. For weeks now, speculation has been rife linking the Portuguese midfielder to the Old Trafford club. It has been heavily reported that Sporting want to receive €70 million for the player, which included bonuses. However, United were coming in short of the Portuguese clubs demands.

Sky Sports has reported that a deal is close to being done between the two club after United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward agreed on a fee with Sporting’s director, Hugo Viana. This could see United paying an initial fee of €55 million for Fernandes, 25, with bonuses seeing the final fee possibly rise to around €80 million. The bonuses are said to be spilt with €10 million easily achievable with €15 million tougher to achieve.

Barcelona have also been credited with an interest in Fernandes with them paying more for the player, however, a large proportion of that fee would not be payable until the summer. It would seem that this is the first time during the January transfer window that both United and Sporting are in agreement on the value of the Portuguese midfielder, who so far this season has scored 15 goals and 14 assists in 28 appearances.

Earlier on Tuesday, reports in Spain suggested that Barcelona were seeking to sign Fernandes to a contract until 2025 but he would be loaned immediately to Valencia until the end of the 2020/21 season, meaning he would spend at least 18 months away from the club that took him away from Sporting. Would a player like Fernandes want to do something like that? It seems to be a strange situation, whether it was true or not.

The Sun carry reports suggesting the deal is close to completion with it confirming that United were offering £42.5 million for Fernandes this month with £8.5 million in bonuses. However, the new figure seems to be £46.6 million for the player now with bonuses of £4.2 million based on appearances and a further £4.2 million if United qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

There is a further bonus payment of £12.7 million should Fernandes win the Ballon d’Or and help guide United to Champions League glory. It is said that Fernandes will sign a four-and-a-half year contract at United with the usual option for a further year to be added. Neil Custis suggests that United have been following the development of Fernandes since he was 18 and in the past six months, his performances led to them moving for him this month.

United desperately need to strengthen the midfield and should have done it much sooner this month which might have positively affected their results, which have to been the best. If the transfer all goes to plan, as we have been in this predicament before, the Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Saturday could mark the players debut for the club. Failing that it could be the visit to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Monday 17 February 2020.

The Mirror report that United have made a breakthrough regarding Fernandes, a player they have been linked to all month. However, they report the deal could be worth a total of £67.8 million. Initially, £46.6 million would be paid with a further £8.5 million in bonuses based on appearances and Champions League qualification, just like The Sun reported. They say the player will be on £130,000 a week at the club.

They even report the £12.7 million bonus based on the player winning the Ballon d’Or or other achievement with The Sun also including lifting the Champions League with the club. United were reluctant to pay Sporting’s valuation on the player and seemingly used their financial constraints to pursue the deal, which could see them not far from completing the deal. It is said that Fernandes could appear at the AON training complex in Carrington on Wednesday for a medical with personal terms a formality.

Manchester United and Sporting close to completing Bruno Fernandes deal – reports

Manchester United and Sporting CP are reportedly closer to completing the deal which will take Bruno Fernandes from Lisbon to Manchester, according to reports by Portuguese journalist Gonçalo Lopes. Over the past few weeks it has been stated that Sporting want to get €70 million for Fernandes, 25, in order for him to leave the club this month which came after a busy summer of speculation.

It is clear that United need to strengthen their squad after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw Marouane Fellaini leave the club last January and Ander Herrera leave the club in the summer with no midfielder being signed. Fred has played the majority of the season, partnering Scott McTominay for much of the time but his injury saw Fred partnered with Nemanja Matic at this present time with Paul Pogba also on the sidelines.

United have just Pogba, McTominay, Fred and Matic as the experienced members of the midfield with the option to utilise Tim Fosu-Mensah, James Garner and even Dylan Levitt in the midfield. Andreas Pereira, who has proven the central midfield area is not for him, has played in this position also. United need to find creativity, which currently is not rife in the squad which is seeing fewer chances created because of this.

When the Portuguese and English media have reported anything about Fernandes, they seem to give the impression that the prospective deal is further forward than it actually is at the time. All throughout the summer we heard about his the deal was close to completion, days away from completion and how Fernandes himself was crying about his impending transfer to another club and league. Lopes has confirmed that;

“The deal was about to fall apart, the parties were very far from reaching an agreement, but Plataforma knows that the last few hours have seen progress in negotiations between Manchester United and Sporting Portugal.”

It would seem that United’s interest in getting this deal done now comes from the fact that a serious injury to Marcus Rashford, who had a stress fracture in his back, which after playing against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in a 16-minute cameo, turned into a double stress fracture, therefore keeping him out of action for weeks. However, with a floating bone in his ankle, which requires surgery.

Sporting accepted that they may have to accept an offer of €60 million with €10 million on bonuses to allow the player to move to the Old Trafford club but with United seemingly using the clubs financial problems to explore a cheaper deal, they two clubs would need to find a meeting point for the deal to be completed. It is suggested that a €55 million deal could be completed this week.

Yes, we have heard all of this before. It was expected that a deal would be announced a week ago, but the came and went then speculation of something happening after Sporting’s 2-0 defeat to Benfica also came and went with nothing significant happening. I am feeling the same thing for this, the end of the week coming and going without anything significant happening. It seems to be how things like this happen.

Lopes suggests that United were willing to improve their offer but Sporting would need to compromise. He states that could reach €55 million to get the deal done, with is both parties moving closer together in order to get the deal done. There will be bonuses applied but nothing has been said about this. Perhaps Sporting could reach the €70 million they wanted to let Fernandes leave, maybe it will be less.

I guess we will just have to wait an see what happens this week, however, a week on Friday, the January transfer window will close so there is not a lot of time to get this done. Perhaps Fernandes, if the deal does go through, could play against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at the Etihad on the 20 January? Perhaps he could play in the first February match. I doubt he could be playing this weekend.

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