Our prioritized Fernandes is back in the headlines, with Sporting Lisbon reportedly again open to selling their prized asset to Tottenham.
Just as we await confirmation of Tottenham securing the other Fernandes on loan from Benfica, which should arrive as soon as today, news is filtering through that Spurs have the opportunity to snatch Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes from Manchester United’s tightening grip.
Sporting’s Fernandes has been a Spurs’ target for some time now, as both clubs were on the of making a deal in the summer. Unsurprisingly the deal was purportedly scuppered by Tottenham’s unrealistic add-ons. Sporting was in a strong financial position and had no reason to compromise on their prized possession.
However, a lot has since changed at the Portuguese club, with Sporting now struggling financially. Their position of strength in the summer has since disintegrated, increasing the impetus to strike a big-money deal for the 25-year-old.
United are in the equation, reportedly in advanced negotiations for the talented central midfielder. But Fernandes prefers the allure of life in London, which might just be enough to push Spurs over the top. Jose Mourinho is keen on sweetening the deal by offering wantaway Juan Foyth on loan.
The Express late last evening broke the story, exciting Spurs supporters everywhere. Fernandes slipped through our fingers in the summer, just when we thought the deal was done. Daniel Levy can’t lowball Sporting this time, as United have offered a reported £65 million. If Spurs truly want him, they’ll have to compete with that offer. With Foyth in the mix, Tottenham will have to put foyth (pun intended) between £55 and £60 million to secure his signature.
Fernandes is worth every penny, particularly with Christian Eriksen’s impending departure. A natural creator, Fernandes is blessed with ridiculous ability. We’ve been given another bite at the cherry, and it’s incumbent upon Levy to make the final push to pull off what would be a coup of behemoth proportions.
Signing Fernandes is beneficial for all parties, aside from United of course. It would fulfil his dream of playing in London while helping Tottenham regain credence in the Premier League’s arm race, making a top four spot once again achievable.