Manchester United’s proposed move for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes has dragged on over the course of January with the two clubs unable to negotiate a price.
Sporting, who are in financial trouble, are holding out for up to £60m while Manchester United are trying to work a cash plus add-ons payment scheme.
According to a report from the Sun, some of the add-ons that Ed Woodward has drafted into the negotiations involve Bruno Fernandes winning the Ballon d’Or or Manchester United winning the league – both of which Sporting CP view as unlikely.
However, what is said to be holding up the deal between the two clubs is an unusual clause in Fernandes’ contract that states he has to be paid £4.3 million for every bid from other clubs equalling or above the one submitted by Manchester United – whether it is accepted or not.
If United think they can get a much better player than Bruno Fernandes for £60m, then they should be trying to sign that £60m player and not wasting their time on Fernandes #mufc pic.twitter.com/UFfmRvv2tJ
— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES) January 20, 2020
The report implies that perhaps that is the reason why Sporting CP are holding out for premium rates, in the hope that no other club matches the amount and puts them in a position of shelling out money to Bruno and his agent.
As things stands the clubs haven’t agreed on a valuation of the player but latest updates do suggest there is hope of a compromise.