There’s news from Portuguese outlet ‘A Bola’ that Newcastle are interested in signing Sporting Lisbon winger Bruno Fernandes.
Sky Sports has recently reported the ambitious West Ham have bid £20M for the player, but Sporting want £25M for Fernandes – and that’s while Fernandes wanted to leave the club as a free agent.
But news from Portugal that he has reversed his initial decision to want to leave Sporting after the players were assaulted by fans in training last April.
Fernandes has said he will keep to the terms of the contract he signed last summer when he moved from Sampdoria for a reported fee of €8.5M plus bonuses and a staggering buyout clause of €100M.
23-year-old Sporting Lisbon winger Bruno Fernandes – staying at Sporting?
One reason he and other stars may now stay at Sporting is that former President Bruno de Carvalho, who severely criticized the players last season, has been removed.
He has been replaced by Sousa Cintra, in an attempt to settle the storm brewing for the last several months at the Portuguese club.
Fernandez had an outstanding season last season, and in 56 total games he scored 16 goals and had 20 assists – so he’s a man in form.
This is a complicated situation and given what happened with all the news about Newcastle being close to signing Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro we should take these stories with a large pinch of salt.
He would be an excellent player for Newcastle – but he is probably too expensive in any case.
Even though he cost Sporting only €8.5M (£7.5M) last June.