Bruno Fernandes Reveals Sporting CP Blocked Summer Transfer to Tottenham

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​Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes has revealed a summer switch to Tottenham fell through after the Lillywhites failed to match the Portuguese team’s valuation of him.

The Lisbon outfit placed a €70m price tag on the playmaker’s head, but Spurs decided not to stump up the money and instead chose to pursue a £55m deal for Giovani Lo Celso. 

Personal terms had already been agreed between club and player, with Fernandes known to be eager to try his hand in the Premier League.

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After just three matches of the new Primeira Liga season, the 24-year-old has collected four assists and one goal, setting up all three as Sporting defeated Portimonense 3-1 on Sunday.

Discussing his proposed transfer to Mauricio Pochettino’s side, Fernandes told ​GQ Portugal: “As you all know, ​Tottenham made a lot of proposals for me. Everything was right with me – or practically was.

“I never made any big demands, my manager was always dealing with the financials. 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.”

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​Manchester United were also pursuing Fernandes’ services, with neighbours ​City and fierce rivals ​Liverpool likewise interested in bringing him to the ​Premier League.

The Nations League winner was in scintillating form during 2018/19, amassing 32 goals and 18 assists across all competitions for Sporting.

There is now ​talk that Fernandes could move to Real Madrid, with Fiorentina’s sporting director claiming a €70m is in place.

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