Manchester United made one of the most expensive signings of the January transfer window after they splashed the cash to recruit Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.
The details of the transfer has now been made public by CMVM, Portuguese Securities Market Commission, via Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
According to the media outlet, Manchester United have paid an initial fee of €55m (£46m) for the Portuguese international midfielder and that they could receive up to €25m (£21m) in add-ons.
Sporting Lisbon inserted a sell-on clause in the contract that makes them get 10% of his next transfer fee. Former club Sampdoria FC of Italy also benefitted from a similar arrangement as they collected part of his transfer fee to Manchester United.
It was also revealed that around €5.5million (£4.61m) was paid to intermediaries for the transfer to go ahead and this said money was split between super-agent Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute agency and PositionNumber.
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PositionNumber is the agency that represents Bruno Fernandes and managed by Miguel Pinho, who’s his brother-in-law.
In the end, Sporting Lisbon got €34.13m (£29m) from the Bruno Fernandes transfer to Manchester United after all the other parties have collected their monies.
Bruno Fernandes has had a good start to his football career at Old Trafford and has already made three appearances across all competitions including two starts in the Premier League.
He made his Manchester United debut just two days after joining the Red Devils on January 30.
Bruno Fernandes played his first game in the red and white of Manchester United during the goalless draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He went on to provide an assist in his second game for the Red Devils during the 2-0 win at Chelsea in their league clash on Monday night.
Harry Maguire wrapped up the result for Manchester United in the second half after Anthony Martial had given his team the lead via a first-half header.
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Since his exit from the club, the Red Devils have been making efforts to land a player of his kind but that has been more difficult than expected.
Maybe the end of the wait has come with former United forward, Dimitar Berbatov claiming that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has Cristiano Ronaldo in Mason Greenwood, adding that there is no need for any big-money deals in the summer transfer window.
Berbatov told Mirror Football that watching Greenwood, against Brighton, was like watching Ronaldo.
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He hailed Greenwood’s left foot and vision, stressing that Man United can get to the next level with such quality.
Noting that the player is only 18, Berbatov claims he is maturing and improving by the day which would go a long way to help the team.
The former Man United forward added that a player that can play both in and out of the box as well as create chances is a special talent and needs to be nurtured and encouraged with more playing time.
However, it is expected that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will participate in the summer transfer window especially as he is expected to sell some of his current players.
The joy is not complete, United fans still have one regret over Fernandes
The man of the moment for Man United is new recruit, Bruno Fernandes as he has come in to help the team get better with his impressive performance.
Bruno Fernandes joined the Red Devils in January and has since improved the team with goals and assist.
Despite all of these reasons to behold for smiles, Man United fans are still having some regrets for not landing the player in the last summer transfer window.
MEN Sport claims that the Red Devils were interested in the star player but did not press for a deal as it ended only in admiration. It is claimed that United would have landed the 25-year-old if they had shown more seriousness and will in the deal.
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There is now no doubt that Man United would have had a better season if Bruno Fernandes was around much earlier.
He has now scored six goals in 13 appearances for his new side after his goal against Brighton. Record also shows that the Red Devils have not lost any game since the former Sporting Lisbon player arrived.
While it’s too late to cry, United are still hoping that with Fernandes, they can still hit the target of a Champions League spot especially as they are just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
With few games left to the end of the season, the consistency Man United enjoy could help at the end of the day.
Why Guardiola is unhappy despite thrashing Liverpool
Man City gave the current English Premier League Champions Liverpool a record 4-0 beating in their clash on Thursday night at the Etihad.
Two goals by Raheem Sterling with an effort by Kevin de Bruyne from the spot and Phil Foden’s strike helped City convincingly win.
Pep Guardiola was full of praise of his squad for doing a good job on Thursday night, stressing how difficult it is to defeat a team with a big focus like Liverpool.
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The Spanish boss described Liverpool as an extraordinary team with bravery but noted that his team was also brave to have recorded a big win.
According to him, Man City have been able to prove a point of how good they are and willing the team is to fight.
Despite the positives from the game, manager Pep Guardiola has some reservations. He is unhappy with the Jurgen Klopp’s team for being ungrateful after the guard of honour to celebrate them before the game.
Pep Guardiola noted that the Reds did not say “thank you” for the guard of honour, citing focus as the reason.
Suggestions are that Liverpool were hurt by the big defeat and that is the only way they could express their disappointment.
Liverpool in major transfer twist, close to sealing major deal
It was earlier alleged that Liverpool hierarchy is not interested in signing any new player to the team after the dominance they enjoyed this season to have won the English Premier League title with seven games to spare.
The reports claim that the Reds chiefs are confident that the current team led by manager Jurgen Klopp can still beat any competition in the coming season, although, this has never been the wish of the German manager.
In a major twist, manager Jurgen Klopp could be having his way with the latest reports that the club is already in advance talks with Bayern Munich for the signature of midfielder Thiago Alcantara, according to Sport.
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It is claimed that Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the Spanish midfielder right from his time at Borussia Dortmund and will seek to work with him at Anfield.
The German outfit have splashed a £31 million on the player but Liverpool are hoping they can beat it down in the negotiation.
Jurgen Klopp had already noted that clubs like Chelsea and Man United are doing enough to overtake in the coming season by signing new players. He, therefore, wishes to do the same despite winning the title this season.
Liverpool ended their 30 years wait by winning the EPL, a year after winning the Champions League.
Frank Lampard’s transfer decision that could cost Chelsea
English Premier League outfit Chelsea suffered a 3-2 defeat against West Ham in their North London derby and manager Frank Lampard is not taking it likely.
The defeat has now mounted pressure on the Blues who are on the verge of losing their Champions League spot to Man United.
Following the defeat, Chelsea are now placed in 4th position with just two points edge of Man United.
Frank Lampard has now been forced to make certain transfer decisions, one of which is to loan out goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
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Reports claim that Frank Lampard is unhappy with the inconsistency of the shot-stopper and would be sending him out on loan.
The Sun reports that Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla are keen to have Kepa on loan while Chelsea will continue to pay part of his £150,000 wage.
Howbeit, Kepa Arrizabalaga is rated among the best goalkeepers in England despite his bad form at the moment.
Sending him out without a better replacement could cost Chelsea another season while the 25-year-old may decide not to return to the Stamford Bridge should he find life in Spain interesting.
Chelsea are hoping for a Champions League qualification and will need the best to execute the outing.
EPL Clubs placed on Lionel Messi alert
Emerging reports from Spain hints that Barcelona star Lionel Messi will be leaving the Nou Camp at the end of the season.
It is claimed that the Argentina international is unhappy with the media reports that fingered him as the man behind the sack of the club manager Valverde in January.
This, according to the report has forced the World best player to call off contract extension negotiations with the Catalans as he will be seeking to leave.
It is also claimed that Messi is angry over the lack of quality in the Barcelona team, a reason that may force them to lose the La Liga title to rivals Real Madrid.
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This development has placed English Premier League clubs on alert as they will be seeking to land the star player.
Supposedly, clubs like Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool will not mind the idea of Lionel Messi in their team in the coming season.
However, Man City could have the advantage of the relationship between manager Pep Guardiola and the Argentine international. It is believed that Messi will seek to work with his former boss again.
Meanwhile, talks about Messi’s destination have not been made public as it is expected that Barcelona will hold talks with him to pacify and calm the situation.
Notwithstanding, Messi would be shaming critics who have come after him severally for not trying other leagues and teams like his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Antonio Conte to return to Chelsea for this player
Emerging reports reveal that Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte is already making plans to snap up Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea with discussions between the two clubs already ongoing.
The Blues defender has not been a regular at Chelsea having had just 13 starts this season because he has not been favoured by manager Frank Lampard.
Emerson Palmieri has already hinted he could return to the Italian Serie A outfit after finding life uneasy in England with a reunion with Italian boss, Antonio Conte possible.
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Conte is a big fan of the Chelsea defender and we will not forget that the Italian boss signed him to Chelsea in 2018 for a fee of £18 million. There are could still be a reunion between them.
The Inter Milan boss has been making efforts to rebuild the team and beat off competition from Juventus. He has, therefore, been busy with buys especially after securing Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, and Christian Eriksen. He seems not to be stopping at that.
Should Antonio Conte succeed with a deal for Emerson Palmieri, he will be the second from Chelsea after Nigerian international Victor Moses. This will help him have familiar faces at the club to make the building of the team easy.
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There seems to be some good news coming from Man United after ESPN reports that Paul Pogba is now happy at the club and will be ready to extend his contract anytime soon.
The France international returned to the Old Trafford from Italian Serie A outfit Juventus in a deal worth £89.3 million in 2016, with the deal expected to end in 2021.
Of course, talks of a new deal would be starting anytime soon and there is no need for worries with ESPN confirming that the World Cup winner will be willing to extend his deal.
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It would be recalled that the early years of Paul Pogba at Man United was filled with controversies and the reign of former manager Jose Mourinho was the height of it. The midfielder had made his wish to leave known, citing Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid as his preferred destination because of manager Zinedine Zidane.
However, the coming of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has changed everything as they have built a good working relationship both on and off the pitch. Pogba is reportedly happy with the development and no longer interested in a move away from the club. Howbeit, Pogba is likely to remain at the Old Trafford much longer with the hope of winning titles.