Everton, Tottenham locked in battle for Fernando

According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are locked in a battle with Chelsea for the signature of Spartak Moscow midfielder Fernando.

What’s the story?

Both Tottenham and Everton are expected to be in the market for at least one new central midfielder this summer, whilst that is also an area of the field where Chelsea will look to strengthen.

According to The Sun, all three Premier League clubs are competing for the signature of Brazilian midfielder Fernando, who has been tipped to leave Spartak Moscow this summer.

The 26-year-old is rated by transfermarkt.co.uk at £6.3m, but it is understood that Spartak Moscow would demand £22m for the 26-year-old in this summer’s transfer window.

Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are also said to be considering an approach at the end of the season, but it is thought that Fernando, who has a contract in Russia until the end of the 2020-21 campaign, prefers a move to the Premier League.

What would Fernando bring to the Premier League?

Fernando joined Spartak Moscow from Sampdoria in the summer of 2016, and he made 30 appearances during an impressive first season in Russian football.

This term, the Brazilian has scored six times and registered four assists in 36 appearances in all competitions.

Fernando is widely known as a defensive midfielder, but he has brought a goal threat to Spartak Moscow this season, and there is no question that he has the physical attributes to operate in the Premier League.

Tottenham and Everton face a battle to convince the midfielder to make the move to England, and it will be very interesting to see what occurs in this summer’s transfer window.

Everton supporters want their club to move for Roma’s Radja Nainggolan this summer, but that does seem to be an unrealistic signing.

When considering that Fernando will not exactly break the bank, he could turn out to be a very smart arrival for one lucky club.