Bruno Fernandes has set the Premier League alight since joining Manchester United in January for a fee that could rise to £67.7 million (BBC). But West Ham allegedly could have signed him for just £25 million two years ago.
Sky Sports claims that the Hammers lodged a £20 million bid to sign the now 25-year-old in July 2018.
But Sporting Lisbon were holding out for £25 million – a fee West Ham refused to pay.
And that is an unforgivable decision from David Gold and David Sullivan.
How David Moyes could do with a player like the Portuguese international at the London Stadium now.
Ed Woodward is far from popular at Old Trafford. But at least the United supremo backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market and took the plunge by bringing Fernandes to Old Trafford six months ago.
The former Sporting ace has been in scintillating form since moving to England from Portugal.
He has racked up five goals and three assists in eight Premier League games for United so far (Who Scored).
In those outings, Fernandes has averaged 3.8 shots, 1.9 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game (Who Scored).
The 25-year-old has been truly outstanding for the Red Devils. And he is looking well worth the £67.7 million fee that United reportedly paid for his services.
West Ham co-owners Gold and Sullivan must be cursing the fact that they didn’t pay £25 million to secure the Portugal international’s signature two years ago.
It could have been a watershed moment for the east London club. They were desperate for a new enigmatic hero after Dimitri Payet had left for Marseille the previous year.
But instead the not-so-dynamic duo made a very big ricket once again.
And it has most definitely proven to be West Ham’s loss and Manchester United’s gain.