Bruno Fernandes has been the star player for Manchester United ever since he arrived at Old Trafford from Sporting in January 2020.

The attacking midfielder has 44 goals and 38 assists in 98 matches in all competitions for the Red Devils, and his signing has been a huge success for the Premier League side, now making the €55m plus bonuses invested look like a bargain.

Fernandes spent time in Italy with Novara, Udinese and Sampdoria between 2012 to 2017, and the Portugal international’s arrival in Manchester has been a subject to a legal battle between two of his former clubs.

According to Il Secolo XIX, relayed by SampNews24, Sporting were entitled to pay Sampdoria part of the fee they received from the player’s sale to United.

However, the dispute, that has been going on for years, now seems to be ruled in favour of the Serie A side by FIFA and CAS.

Sporting were arguing the sell-on clause had lapsed since Fernandes had signed a new contract in July 2018, a year after joining them.

This has now been dismissed and as per the report, they have to pay €5.5m in four instalments to Sampdoria, with the first one now due in December.