According to sources like Fabrizio Romano and The Athletic, Bruno Fernandes to Man United is a done deal, subject to a medical.
This comes after it was reported that the Red Devils increased their offer to Sporting for Fernandes twice in the past 24 hours, the second for a deal worth €80m (£67.76m) – a figure which was finally accepted by the Primeira Liga giants.
There are other add-ons to this deal, but after weeks of negotiations, Ed Woodward has finally reached an agreement with Sporting’s director Hugo Viana.
This morning, Fernandes’ close friend Carolina Deslandes posted a picture of them together on her Instagram account with an airplane emoji, maybe suggesting that the midfielder – a prolific goalscorer from midfield – is en route to England.
Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News states Fernandes will select from six squad numbers at Old Trafford. The midfielder wears the No 8 shirt at Sporting, but that is occupied by Juan Mata – meaning there are six options for which he can select.
As per the paper, Fernandes will choose from the following shirt (last occupant in brackets)
- 7 (Alexis Sanchez)
- 11 (Anthony Martial)
- 12 (Chris Smalling)
- 18 (Ashley Young)
- 19 (Marcus Rashford)
- 25 (Antonio Valencia)
It is likely that United will get this deal over the line by Friday, deadline day.