After the confirmation locally today that Sporting KC was indeed negotiating with Guinea-Bissau winger, Gerso Fernandes, reports out of Portugal tonight are reporting that it is a done deal. Zero Zero in Portugal, reporting on Fernandes' club's 1-0 loss to Sporting Club de Portugal today, reported that Belenenses coach, Quim Machado said that Fernandes is heading out on a transfer.
Also after the game, Machado confirmed that Fernandes would be going to the US in a deal that had been agreed to in principal for Fernandes to leave the club.
Rui Pedro Soares, the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Belenenses is also mentioned in the post, he states that the deal is basically done, that the only thing that needed to be done to finalize the deal was for the contract to be signed.
Zero Zero reports that the deal for Fernandes will cost Sporting KC $1.566 million dollars (1.5 million Euros). Not a bad piece of business for Belenenses who picked Fernandes up on a free transfer this summer from Estoril. The move would presumably make Fernandes a designated player for Sporting KC, requiring them to use TAM (Targeted Allocation Money) to pay down one of their existing DPs (Roger Espinoza, Diego Rubio, and Graham Zusi), or use a larger amount of TAM To pay down the cost for Fernandes. The transfer fee would be a deviation from Sporting KC's prior strategy of trying to find players available without a transfer fee, but the team has mentioned that they'd be willing to wade into the transfer market this winter.
If true, it'd appear that Sporting KC have their new starting winger to likely play opposite of Zusi, next to Dom Dwyer.