FIFA Begins Investigation Of Fernandes Transfer To United
FIFA has began the investigations of the transfer of Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United following complains from his former team, Sampdoria.
The 25-year-old joined United from Sporting in January for an initial fee of 55 million euros (48 million pounds) and has hit the ground running for the EPL side, registering three goals and four assists in nine games.
According to a report from SkySports, Sampdoria had inserted a 10% sell on clause on any profit Sporting made on Fernandes when they sold him in 2017
However, the Portuguese club have said that the clause in question is null and void as the playmaker signed a fresh deal in June 2018 after terminating the original one.
FIFA said in a statement “We can confirm that on April 3 the Italian club Sampdoria lodged a claim with FIFA against the Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portugal related to financial obligations set out in the contract corresponding to the transfer of ... Fernandes”
Fernandes was one of a number of players who terminated their contracts at Sporting after a group of some 50 masked men attacked players and staff at the club’s training complex in 2018. He later decided to remain with the club.