Bruno Fernandes has arrived at Carrington to complete the final formalities ahead of his transfer to Manchester United from Sporting, Express Sport understands. The midfielder arrived in England last night after flying from Portugal and stayed at the Lowry Hotel.
Several members of his entourage were snapped leaving the hotel this morning (above) and while Fernandes is not pictured, he is believed to have travelled to Carrington in this vehicle.
He is now expected to iron out personal terms with the club, something that is unlikely to prove a problem given his desire to play in the Premier League.
After that, he will undergo a medical procedure before posing for pictures in his new shirt and conducting his first interview as a Manchester United player.
Sporting accepted an offer worth an initial £46million which could rise to £67m with add-ons on Tuesday night.
Fernandes will sign a four-and-a-half-year contract, which is believed to have already been agreed.
Super-agent Jorge Mendes played a key part in the deal, which had his fingerprints all over come the final agreement.
News broke on Tuesday that Barcelona had entered the race for Fernandes and wanted to sign the player as part of their plans to land Valencia’s Rodrigo.
Barca had supposedly planned to loan Fernandes to Valencia.
But all of a sudden, United were now willing to pay the addition £10m to land their target.
United had been closely monitoring Fernandes last summer, but were adamant they weren’t actually in the race for his signature.
That’s when Tottenham stole a march, jetting delegates to Lisbon to try and thrash out a deal.
They came very close too, but negotiations were at an impasse over concerns regarding the structure of the add-ons.
Now United have decided to strike and the deal is close to being completed.