Bruno Fernandes had a choice between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United – and ended up with United. So, why is that?
Bruno Fernandes played as a center attacking midfielder at Sporting Lisbon and the Club President tells the world why Fernandes finally settled with United over Tottenham.
“At the end of June, we had become aware that we were going to sell Bruno,” Varandas said.
“We had already signed Camacho, Rosier and Vietto, and we wanted to bring in a striker and a midfielder who were practically closed.
“The last four days of this market were the worst of my presidency, that’s when I realised that we didn’t sell Bruno Fernandes.
“Bruno’s sale was very conditioned by his return. If Sporting refused a bid of €35m, we would have to give his agent €5m. This clause was made public irresponsibly.
“It was one of the things that seriously penalised us. And it was only in this window that Sporting took that weight off our shoulders, to go and negotiate.”
It is true that the club said no to Tottenham.
He continued: “There are non-negotiable players. Bruno Fernandes is the proof. And it was an obligation.
“We wouldn’t be able to reach €115million without [selling] him. With the January sale, for €63million practically certain, it was shown that we did well to resist and not to accept the proposal of Tottenham.”