IT’s a transfer saga which has dragged on throughout January.
Bruno Fernandes is finally on his way to Old Trafford after Man Utd announced they’d secured a deal with Sporting Lisbon over the Portuguese midfielder.
Barcelona had reportedly looked to scupper the floundering deal with a dramatic late bid, but the Premier League side swooped to land their man.
When can Bruno Fernandes make his debut for Man Utd?
CURRENTLY, the deal between the two clubs has been announced by Utd but no medical or contract has been completed.
But it would take something out of the ordinary to derail the transfer now.
United have been chasing Fernandes throughout January, with the deal stalling numerous times over Sporting’s valuation of their prized asset.
The Red Devils will cough up £46.6m up front plus £4.2m based on appearances and a further £4.2m if they qualify for the Champions League.
A club statement read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes.
“The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms.
“A further announcement will be made in due course.”
United fans will no doubt be keen to see their new signing in action as soon as possible, with Wolves the visitors to Old Trafford on Saturday.
If the necessary paperwork is completed by NOON on Friday then Fernandes is eligible to start in that game.
Should there be a hold up in the players contract demands and the paperwork isn’t submitted by midday, then he will have to wait to make his bow.
The transfer window shuts at 11pm on Friday and there will be plenty of deal sheets submitted for late transfers.
But to be eligible for games this weekend, all clubs in the Football League or Premier League need to register that player by noon.
If United miss the deadline for the weekend fixtures, Fernandes could make his debut against Chelsea on February 17.