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FIFA investigating Fernandes’ transfer to Man United

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Sampdoria have lodged a complaint to FIFA against Sporting Lisbon over unmet terms relating to the transfer of Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United.

Manchester United signed Bruno Fernandes for a fee of €55 million from Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window.

Prior to his spells at Old Trafford and Sporting CP, Fernandes spent four years in Italy playing for Udinese and Sampdoria.

Now Sampdoria, who sold him to the Portuguese side, claim they have been denied their share of the transfer fees from the 25-year old’s move to Man United.

Sampdoria believe they are entitled to get around €4.5 million (£4m) from the fee paid by United in January due to a 10 percent sell-on clause and therefore, have lodged a complaint to FIFA in the hopes of obtaining the same.

Sporting, however, believe there is no wrongdoing on their part. The Portuguese side insist all clauses held from his move from Italy were voided when he officially terminated his contract with them in 2018.

As Goal reports, a FIFA spokesperson said: “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.”