April 21, 2021

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Why Man United might have to pay an extra £4.2million for Bruno Fernandes

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Manchester United will have to pay Sporting Lisbon £4.2million if Bruno Fernandes wins the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award, according to a report.

Fernandes joined United from the Portuguese side in January 2020, with the club paying an initial fee of £46.6m for his services.

However, the deal with Sporting included a number of add-on clauses which mean United have already paid £55m for the 26-year-old midfielder.

United had to pay Sporting €5m, or £4.2m, when Fernandes reached 25 starts for the club and again when they qualified for the Champions League last season.

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Now The Times report that another £4.2m payment will be due to the Portuguese club if Fernandes wins the PFA Player of the Year award.

The same payment would also have to be made if Fernandes finishes inside the top three for the Ballon d’Or, but the add-ons are reportedly capped at €15m (£12.6m).

Fernandes has 15 goals and 10 assists in 27 Premier League appearances this season and 22 goals and 13 assists in 40 appearances across all competitions.

He is currently the heavy favourite with bookmakers for the PFA award, which is voted for by players towards the end of the season.

Fernandes is 5/4 with some bookies to win the award, with Manchester City pair Ruben Dias (7/2) and Ilkay Gundogan (6/1) the next most likely.

Dias has made a huge impression on City’s defence since his £65m move from Benfica last year, while Gundogan has 11 goals and one assist in the Premier League so far, having stepped up in Kevin De Bruyne’s absence.

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Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players were frustrated for the third goalless game in succession, dropping more points to allow Man City to streak away at the Premier League’s summit, on a poor day for the forwards.

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City midfielder De Bruyne beat team-mate Raheem Sterling, 2019 recipient Virgil van Dijk and his Liverpool team-mates Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold to win the 2020 award.

Fernandes has also been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for February, after scoring or assisting seven goals in the month for United.

He is up against Gundogan, Fulham defender Joachim Andersen, Leicester winger Harvey Barnes, Man City defender Joao Cancelo, West Ham loanee Jesse Lingard, Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves and Leeds winger Raphinha.

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