‘Tears of Departure’: Here’s How Fernandes’ Exit Is All But Confirmed

Sporting's Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their first goal.

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In the midst of the transfer madness, it is often easy to forget that it is the lives and futures of real human beings that are being discussed.

While the modern game demands talents to move about continents in order to further their careers, a change is never an easy process to deal with. As of such, emotions tend to run high in the event of such departures and arrivals.

Now, the clip of one player being apparently emotional has seemed to confirm his next destination.

Bruno Fernandes appeared to be wiping away a tear at the end of Sporting’s pre-season friendly with Valencia, a game that the Portuguese side lost 2-1.

This apparently teary-eyed reaction from the midfielder has been largely interpreted as confirmation that the 24-year-old is moving to Manchester United.

Fernandes has been linked to United all summer and on multiple occasions, it appeared that the deal was wrapped up. However, more recent claims had suggested that both the clubs had agreed to a €70 million transfer and that the player was set to undergo a medical with United in the coming days.

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This game has been quickly dubbed as Fernandes’ last one with Sporting and this has been used as the reason behind the player’s apparent emotional reaction.

The ‘tears’ being wiped away, if they indeed are that, seem like an overstatement for a mere pre-season friendly loss and most fans have chosen to interpret it as a sure-fire indication that he will be Old Trafford’s newest signing in the coming days.

The Red Devils have precious little time left in the window and are still on the verge of closing numerous deals. Both Fernandes and Harry Maguire are being hyped as imminent arrivals before the start of the season and the potential departures of Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba could very well inspire some more spending from the club.