Bruno Fernandes argues with police and storms off in what could be final Sporting Lisbon appearance before Manchester United transfer
Jan. 23, 2020
Bruno Fernandes may well have spurned his final opportunity to say goodbye to his adoring Sporting Lisbon fans ahead of his proposed move to Manchester United.
The 25-year-old was clearly incensed at his team conceding a late winner in a 2-1 defeat to Braga in the Portuguese League Cup.
And with rumours of a move to Old Trafford continuing to grow , it seems as though he snubbed the chance to thank the fans as he stormed off the pitch.
Fernandes managed to provide an assist for Sporting’s only goal, but his frustration was clear when Paulinho scored what proved to be the winner in the 90 th minute for the hosts.
Rather than acknowledge the travelling fans who made the three-and-a-half hour drive north to Braga, Fernandes instead stormed straight down the tunnel.
On the way, a TV cameraman tried to get what could be one final shot of the midfielder in a Sporting shirt before his proposed move. But the midfielder instead shoved the camera down to the ground in disgust.
He could be then seen engaging in a heated conversation with police officers as the match descended into chaos, which saw four players in total sent off.
Former Crystal Palace and Everton winger Yannick Bolasie saw red just after the hour mark, before the referee dished out three red cards in stoppage time at the Estadio Municipal de Braga.
Reports in Portugal suggest a deal to bring Fernandes to Old Trafford could be agreed by Wednesday, with A Bola writing United paying €55m plus a further €10m in bonus payments.
This is backed up by Sky Sports , who report the protracted transfer is moving closer to completion.
Reporter Dharmesh Sheth said: “We have spoken to someone who deals with Sporting this morning who says ‘the sharp edges’ of the deal still have to be finalised, but claims both parties are moving closer on the price and more importantly the structure of payments.
“It’s been suggested that the delays in getting the deal done are down to agents fees and more specifically, Man United’s unwillingness to deal with Jorge Mendes.
“The agent has close ties with Sporting and helped facilitate a number of moves in the summer to help ease the club’s financial issues. In return, it is thought Mendes wanted to be involved in all future deals involving Sporting.
“However, despite not being involved in negotiations over Fernandes, there is a suggestion Mendes would still want to be paid as per his agreement with Sporting.”
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