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Manchester United will reportedly have to fork out an additional £4.2million in add-ons this summer, should Bruno Fernandes be crowned PFA Player of the Year. The Portuguese international is among the favourites for the award that is decided by his colleagues following his first full season on English shores.
Fernandes arrived in January 2020 at a time when United's hopes of a top-four finish were hanging by a thread.
Yet it was his immediate impact that helped steady the ship before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer steered his troops to a third-place finish.
They have kicked on again this season and although United are set to finish behind neighbours Manchester City, there has been improvement across the board offering hopes of a potential title challenge next season.
The attacking midfielder has racked up 40 appearances in all competitions this season, netting 15 times and assisting 10 goals in 27 Premier League outings.
Man Utd will have to cough up an extra £4.2m if Bruno Fernandes with the PFA Player of the Year
Yet his quality could end up costing United more money on top of the £47m paid to Sporting 13 months ago.
According to The Times, one of the add-ons included in the package means they will have to pay £4.2m if Fernandes wins the PFA Player of the Year award.
The same term is also applicable to a top-three finish in the final FIFA Ballon d'Or standings.
If Fernandes continues his impressive form - despite being quiet in the past three matches - United could be faced with the bill.
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The 26-year-old looked fatigued in midweek though as United were held to a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.
At half-time of the contest, former United striker Andy Cole raised questions as to whether Fernandes was suffering from burnout.
"I could say yes, they do," Cole responded to Sky Sports' Kelly Cates, when asked if United need more from Fernandes. "But what he's given Manchester United in the past few seasons is immense.
"He's been fantastic, he's always getting on the ball, he's always probing and is always trying to set people up.
"It could be a bit of burnout. I know people are saying over the past couple of weeks that he's not having a big influence on the game. But he has been fantastic, he really has been."
Meanwhile, Express Sport can reveal that United have been scouting Bayer Leverkusen's centre-back Edmond Tapsoba.
The 22-year-old, who has also caught the eye of Leicester and Wolves in the past year, has a release clause worth £44m in his contract.
United are also considering moves for Raphael Varane and Jules Kounde, as they look to find a new partner for Harry Maguire.
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