Manchester United lodge improved bid for Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United lodge improved bid for Bruno Fernandes

January 29, 2020 2 By Luis Garrison


The deadlock has finally been broken in the
protracted Bruno Fernandes transfer saga as Manchester United have increased their offer
for the player by €5 million (£4.2 million), according to Portuguese outlet Record. As reported here yesterday, after a period
of deadlock in which the deal appeared to be dead in the water, negotiations resumed
on Friday between the Red Devils, Sporting Lisbon, the player’s agent Miguel Pinho
and intermediary superagent Jorge Mendes. The talks resulted in United submitting an
improved offer of €55 million (£46.4 million) plus bonuses for the 25-year-old. The Old Trafford negotiators had previously
refused to go above €50 million (£42.2 million) plus bonuses, with Sporting’s bottom
line remaining at €60 million (£50.7 million), with an overall deal value with add-ons of
€70 million (£59.1 million). Whilst the new figure is still €5 million
below Sporting’s minimum, Record says that the Lions’ president Frederico Varandas
is now ‘studying which individual or collective variables that he wants to include in the
deal in order to reach this sum [of €70 million]’. Record says that ‘the ball is now in Sporting’s
court’. Meanwhile O Jogo has rubbished reports circulating
in the English press that there is a clause in Fernandes’ contract stipulating that
any offer of €50 million or more for the player would mean that his agent must be paid
a fee of €5 million. This was true of the midfielder’s previous
contract, although the trigger value was €35 million rather than €50 million, but was
removed when Fernandes signed a new deal with the Lions in November. The reports, therefore, that United had lowered
their bid upon learning about the clause are false. There is now reason to be optimistic that
a deal could be concluded soon. Whilst the Reds are still €5 million below
Sporting’s minimum flat fee, the fact that Varandas is studying the add-ons suggests
that it is a figure the Lisbon club might be prepared to accept if those bonus values
can be ironed out. The Sun also believes that the Portuguese
club is now willing to compromise. All the major Portuguese outlets are reporting
in unison that the talks are back on and that the Lions’ head coach Jorge Silas has prepared
a Plan B for tomorrow’s game against Maritimo that does not include Bruno. With the player desperate to move and United’s
executive vice chairman Ed Woodward in dire need of some positive publicity, it is clearly
in everyone’s interests to find a compromise and bring these painfully drawn out negotiations
to a successful conclusion.