Man Utd could have bought Bruno Fernandes for £50m less after Covid-19

‘He was sold for £68m in January. Today… maybe £17m?’: Sporting Lisbon chief claims Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes would have been £50m CHEAPER if they had waited until after the coronavirus outbreak to sign him

  • Frederico Varandas says Sporting would have sold Bruno Fernandes £17m now
  • He says the coronavirus pandemic has caused financial ramifications for clubs
  • Especially Portugal as 50 per cent of their revenue come from the sale of players
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Sporting Lisbon president Frederico Varandas insists that Manchester United could have paid £50million less for Bruno Fernandes if they had have waited for the summer transfer window.

Fernandes joined United in a £68million deal at the end of January, but due to the financial ramifications of the coronavirus, player values and club budgets have decreased significantly.

Varandas admits Sporting would have been forced to reduce Fernandes’ asking price if negotiations took place following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Man United paid could have paid £50million less for Bruno Fernandes during the pandemic

Sporting president Frederico Varandas admits he would have sold Fernandes £17million

He told SIC: ‘The crisis caused by Covid-19 harms the European football industry in general.

‘But, of all countries, Portugal is the most affected because 50 per cent of revenues come from the sale of players.

‘Fernandes was sold for £68m in January.

‘Today, what would he be worth? Maybe £17m? £27m? Nobody knows.’

After signing for £68m, Fernandes has become a crucial part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans

Since joining the Red Devils, Fernandes has slotted into United’s midfield effortlessly, becoming a crucial part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

His excellent start at Old Trafford is down to his speed of thought in attacking areas as the Portuguese international provided United with the extra gear in games they needed.

With the help of Fernandes, United went into the coronavirus lockdown in fifth place in the Premier League, and through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and all but in the last eight of the Europa League. 

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