Fernandes to Spurs
Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs in recent weeks, including Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
After the 2018/19 campaign Fernandes had, though, it is easy to see why so many top clubs are allegedly interested in him.
In 53 games across all competitions, the 24-year-old scored 32 and assisted 18 for Sporting, a superb record for someone who spent most of the season playing as an attacking midfielder.
The Manchester Evening News has recently published an article claiming that Manchester United will announce the signing of Fernandes after the Nations League comes to a close.
However, Portuguese outlet Record are reporting that it is Tottenham who are ‘very close’ to landing the midfield maestro.
If Tottenham are planning to sign Fernandes, it could well be as a replacement for Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen has been in North London since 2013 and has played over 270 games for Spurs, in which he has scored 66 and assisted 86.
However, in a recent interview, Eriksen hinted that he wishes to leave Tottenham this summer:
“I feel that I am a place in my career where I might want to try something new.
“I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened at Tottenham – I will not be negative. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.
“I hope there will be a resolution during the summer. That’s the plan.” As quoted by Danish paper Ekstra Bladet.
Eriksen is currently only contracted to Spurs until the end of the 2019/20 season.
Should he not sign a new deal before the beginning of next year, foreign clubs would be allowed to sign him to a pre-contract agreement as early as January, meaning Spurs would lose him for free next summer.