As per a mounting number of reports across the European media this evening, Tottenham have emerged as firm competition to Manchester United in the race to sign Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
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 penchant for the spectacular.
And Fernandes’ talents allowed the 13-time capped international to directly contribute to a staggering number of goals this past season.
Across all competitions, the Sporting star racked up 29 goals and 17 assists.
As a result, it has since come as little surprise to see a whole host of top European clubs named as keen suitors of Fernandes.
After Manchester City were previously rumoured to have been on the verge of clinching a deal for the midfielder, reports of late have insisted that it is in fact Manchester United who are closest to coaxing Fernandes to England.
The reliable Gianluca Di Marzio earlier this week even went as far as to suggest that the Red Devils were ‘preparing to close’ the operation:
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) July 30, 2019
As per the latest updates across the European media this evening, though, the Manchester giants could yet be set to miss out on Fernandes.
This comes amid claims that Tottenham have opened negotiations with Sporting over the 24-year-old.
The initial report on the north Londoners joining the fray for Fernandes came courtesy of the reliable RTP, before Record followed suit with a similar story:
Sporting – Tottenham em Lisboa para levar Bruno Fernandes https://t.co/7b6H60eLwf
— Diário Record (@Record_Portugal) August 1, 2019
Sporting’s demands, meanwhile, are laid out between 65 and 70 million Euro.
Highly-respected Spurs journalist Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard, meanwhile, has since also affirmed the news.
Kilpatrick adds that Fernandes is being eyed as an alternative to Giovani Lo Celso, amid Tottenham’s struggles to carve out a deal with Real Betis:
Tottenham in talks with Sporting over Bruno Fernandes after Lo Celso negotiations stall
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) August 1, 2019