Manchester United struck an important deal with Sporting to sign Bruno Fernandes back in January.

United paid an initial £47 million, which is already rising towards it’s total fee with add-ons which could hit £67 million.

Even taking both figures into account, the fee looks like a bargain.

There are clubs all over Europe kicking themselves that they did not pay up for Fernandes.

Manchester United v Istanbul Basaksehir: Group H - UEFA Champions League
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United will be feeling silly too for not doing it sooner, but at least we got there in the end.

Fernandes is worth every penny – and then some.If a club like Barcelona or Real Madrid came calling, they would be told to look elsewhere.

Already the Portugal international must be worth in excess of £100 million.

He has netted 21 goals since joining United and this season he has nine already, plus five assists.

In the Premier League he is creating 3.3 chances per game, the highest in the league.

 

Priceless

Fernandes has been a perfect fit for United. For some teams, they may not appreciate his risk taking style. Solskjaer’s United were crying out for it.

The midfielder has become United’s leader in midfield and the heartbeat of the team.

He is irreplaceable and is the first name on the teamsheet every week.

His standards are so high that when there are small dips in form, it is noticeable, but they never last. Fernandes always bounces back.

There is not a player in the world who United could sign and would give the same type of impact, in terms of goal contribution and the way he spurs the team on in each and every game.

Manchester United v İstanbul Basaksehir: Group H - UEFA Champions League
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When he was substituted after an hour against Istanbul with United 3-0 up, the difference was palpable. United did not have the same spark without him.

Fernandes’ value is soaring. The opening goal he scored against Basaksehir was a special strike which will only enhance his reputation.

His selfless act to pass up a hat-trick and give Marcus Rashford a penalty won’t be to everybody’s taste, but it underlines what a team player he is. For United he is invaluable.

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