Man Utd, Spurs target to sign bumper new deal with key clause removed

Date published: Wednesday 4th September 2019 2:40

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Long-time Man Utd and Tottenham target Bruno Fernandes is set to sign a new contract that will more than double his current wages, with a curious clause in the Portugal international’s contract set to be removed in the process.

The transfer saga of Fernandes had been one of the hottest topics of the summer, with several Premier League clubs lodging interest in the man who enjoyed a breakout campaign last year, notching 31 goals in all competitions.

The playmaker has made an equally impressive start to the current campaign, and looks set to be rewarded with a new deal increasing his base salary from €2 million to €5 million per year.

Fernandes had looked a certainty to make the move to the Premier League, with the player himself admitting that a move to Tottenham had been agreed before the plug was pulled by his club Sporting Lisbon.

The new deal will replace the existing contract Fernandes signed one year ago which involved the curious stipulation that should Sporting reject a bid of upwards of €35 million for their talisman, then Fernandes would be due a one-off payment of €5 million.

According to Portuguese outlet Record (via SportWitness), that clause will be abolished in conjunction with Fernandes putting pen to paper, but a move to the Premier League may still be on the cards in next years’ summer window.

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The report claims that ‘Bruno Fernandes is still expected to leave Sporting’, with the new contract not derailing the plans of super agent Jorge Mendes to engineer a move for his client  for ‘€70m next summer’.

Meanwhile, Man Utd legend Paul Scholes has taken a shot at three current Red Devils midfielders as Solskjaers men have struggled to impose themselves in the new campaign thus far.

 

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