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Bruno Fernandes at centre of FIFA probe, United not involved

Bruno Fernandes at centre of FIFA probe, United not involved

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Indirectly, Bruno Fernandes is linked to a FIFA probe with regard to his transfer to Manchester United in January, but United have nothing to worry about as it involves Fernandes’s former teams.

Fernandes’s original team, Italian side Sampdoria claim that they are owed £4million by Sporting Lisbon following his January switch, and have made FIFA aware of the situation.

Looking at the complexity of a big-name transfer agreement, The Italian side claim that they are owed 10 percent of any future profit made on the Portugal international, owing to terms of that deal.

Fernandes was sold to United in January for an initial fee of £47million rising to a potential £67m. However, the Serie A side are yet to receive what they believe they are owed.

Sporting is hurting financially due to the stoppage of play and believes they owe Sampdoria nothing because Fernandes rescinded his contract one year after moving to Lisbon after players were attacked at the club’s training ground by its own fans.

Fernandes duly re-signed with Sporting, who believe that he was duly signed a second time as a free agent, thus meaning they don’t owe the Serie A side a cut.

According to A Bola, the clubs are in contact, and litigation has begun with FIFA keeping abreast of the situation. The dispute between Sampdoria and Sporting makes little difference to United.