Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes has this afternoon confirmed that Premier League giants Tottenham were rebuffed in a number of bids for his signature this summer.
24-year-old Fernandes has emerged as one of Portuguese football’s star performers over the last couple of seasons.
The former Udinese and Sampdoria man possesses all of the key traits of a modern attacking midfielder, combining a keen eye for goal, set-piece prowess, creative flair and a penchant for the spectacular.
Across all competitions last season, Fernandes racked up a staggering 29 goals and 17 assists.
As a result, it subsequently came as little surprise to see a whole host of top European clubs named as keen suitors of the Sporting star this summer.
Manchester City were first rumoured to have been on the verge of clinching a deal for the midfielder, before Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham were all also touted as potential destinations.
Bit of Bruno Fernandes detail. His agent, Miguel Pinho, met with #THFC y’day. Fernandes & Lo Celso Spurs’ midfield targets. #MUFC, who met Pinho 2 months ago, asked him in past fortnight for some more time as they focus first on signing a RB (Wan-Bissaka) https://t.co/s2XCpyzQYX
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) June 20, 2019
In the end, however, a transfer failed to come to fruition for Fernandes, with the 24-year-old now looking set to remain in his home country beyond Monday’s European transfer deadline.
As such, speaking in an interview with GQ earlier today, the Portuguese international was inevitably questioned on the rampant summer speculation surrounding his name.
And Fernandes went on to confirm that Spurs were one club to have seen ‘a lot of proposals’ rejected for his signature:
‘As you all know, Tottenham made a lot of proposals for me. Everything was right with me – or practically should be.’
‘I never made any big demands, my manager was always dealing with the finances.’
The Sporting star also admitted, though, that his goal remains to test his talents in English football:
‘It was, and is my goal to play in England, Sporting know that, everyone knows that, and there were conditions for things to be done.’
‘But Sporting understood that the value was not enough and I have to respect the decision.’
Quotes via Goal