Manchester United have confirmed that the signing of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, from Sporting Lisbon.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old over the last 12 months, though haggling over price meant negotiations dragged on and on.
However, after reports emerged on Tuesday night claiming a breakthrough had finally been made, United have decided to confirm a deal is done – for a rumoured fee of £46.6m up front – even though Fernandes still needs to undergo medical checks.
A short statement on the club’s official website said: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached an agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes.
There were previously suggestions that La Liga giants Barcelona were considering hijacking the transfer in order to get their deal for Valencia’s Rodrigo over the line, though those rumours were dispelled almost as quickly as they materialized.
Fernandes has been one of Europe’s leading performers over the past year or so, with his goal and assist record making for good reading. The Portugal international has already directly contributed to 15 of their Primeira Liga goals and managed 33 last term.