FIFA is investigating Bruno Fernandes’ transfer to English Premier League side Manchester United in the previous winter transfer window, after Serie A side Sampdora lodged a complaint that they are owed money from the transfer due to a sell-on clause with Sporting CP.
The Portuguese midfielder had plied his trade for Sampdoria during 2016-17 season, after which he joined Sporting CP. The Italian side claims that there was a 10 per cent sell-on clause when Sporting signed the 24-year-old, and they believe they should have been paid 10 per cent of ‘any profit made by the Portugueses club related to Fernandes’.
United secured the services of the midfielder for a fee of around £47million, and the Serie A outfit is
claiming that they should have been paid a figure around £4million.
A spokesperson for FIFA confirmed the federation has received complaint from Sampdoria.
“We can confirm that on 3 April 2020 the Italian club, UC 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 the Portuguese player, Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes.
The matter is currently being investigated and consequently we cannot provide further comments,” a spokesperson said [via Goal].
Nonetheless, there is no clarification, as of now, that whether United are liable for what had happened.
Fernandes has been impressive for United and won the ‘Player of the Month’ award in his first few months with the club. United have not lost a single game since his arrival, although the unbeaten run stretches far beyond that.