Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes was all smiles as he prepared to fly to Manchester ahead of a medical at Old Trafford.
Sportsmail revealed that Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon had agreed a deal on Tuesday which could be worth almost £68million after an initial fee of £46.6m.
Fernandes looked to be on his way to England imminently with his friend Carolina Deslandes posting a photo of the pair in a lift with an airplane emoji onto her Instagram story on Tuesday night.
Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes was all smiles as he prepared to fly to Manchester
A video emerged of 25-year-old being interviewed by Portuguese television as he got into car
A video emerged on social media of Fernandes being interviewed by Portuguese broadcaster SIC of the 25-year-old getting into a car and was asked about his switch to United.
Asked if his preferred option was to move to the Premier League, Bruno said: ‘It always was.’
But when asked about United specifically, Bruno said: ‘Anything really.’
He was then pictured with Deslandes, a Portuguese singer-songwriter who he struck up a close friendship with last year, as he prepared to fly to Manchester.
In August, Fernandes described Deslandes, 28, as ‘the craziest person I’ve met in recent times’ and the pair have often shared photos together on social media.
Fernandes is set to travel to UK on Wednesday in order to complete his transfer to Red Devils
Fernandes and Deslandes are close friends – and they were together on Tuesday night as he prepared to fly to Manchester to join United
HOW THE FERNANDES DEAL WORKS OUT…
Total potential transfer fee: £67.8m
Initial fee: £46.6m
Add-ons (based on appearances and CL qualification): £8.5m
Long-term add-ons: £12.7m
United and Sporting had been at loggerheads over the Fernandes deal but made a breakthrough in negotiations on Tuesday night with just three days of the January transfer window remaining.
The Red Devils will pay an initial fee of £46.6m and the deal includes add-ons of £8.5m based on Fernandes’ appearances for United and the club qualifying for the Champions League.
United could also pay Sporting up to £12.7m more depending on the player hitting less attainable targets.
Fernandes is on standby to fly to Manchester for a medical on Wednesday or Thursday and is expected to sign a five-year contract at Old Trafford but he has yet to agree personal terms.
Fernandes played his last game for Sporting on Monday night and is now Manchester-bound