FIFA begins investigation into Bruno Fernandes’ move to Old Trafford

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World football’s governing body, FIFA, has officially commenced investigation into the allegations of unpaid dues from Italian side, Sampdoria, over the sale of Bruno Fernandes by Sporting Lisbon.

If you recall, we recently reported that Sampdoria is demanding they’re paid at least £4 million by Sporting, as part of the terms of sale of Fernandes to the Portuguese side in 2017.

Although Sporting has denied the claims, we can confirm that an official investigation has been set up on the matter.

Speaking on the issue, a FIFA rep said: “We can confirm that on April 3, 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.”

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It’s hard to see exactly how this matter will turn out, pending investigations, but the good news is that Manchester United has not been accused of any wrongdoing at this time. And whatever the outcome of the investigations, we’re convinced it will not involve any sanctions on our part.