Portugal international Bruno Fernandes has officially signed with English giants Manchester United on a five-and-half-year deal reportedly worth 55 million.
Manchester United confirmed the signing of the 25-year-old midfielder from Sporting Lisbon on Thursday, following speculation throughout the January transfer window.
The reported fee is the biggest during the January window in the English Premier League.
Fernandes, who has 19 caps for Portugal, scored 64 goals in 137 matches in all competitions for Sporting and won the Portuguese Cup in 2018-19.
He was named the Primeira Liga’s Player of the Year in both 2017-18 and 2018-19 and follows Cristiano Ronaldo in moving from Sporting to the Red Devils.
“My love of Manchester United really started when I used to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play and ever since then I have been a big fan of this great club,” Fernandes said.
“For me to now play for Manchester United feels incredible, I have worked hard to get to this moment and I can promise the fans that I will give everything for the badge to help bring us more success and trophies.
“It is surreal to hear the nice words that have been said about me from players that used to play for this team.”
United host Wolverhampton on Saturday night and Fernandes could be integrated into the squad for the match.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “We have been tracking Bruno for many months and everyone here has been tremendously impressed with all his attributes and what he will bring to this team.
“Most importantly he is a terrific human being with a great personality and his leadership qualities are clear for all to see.
“Bruno’s goals and assists stats speak for themselves, he will be a fantastic addition to our team and he will help us push on in the second part of the season.”