Three of Sporting Lisbon’s star players find themselves in an unusual situation as plenty of clubs are expected to be battling for their signatures.
Tottenham Hotspur should certainly be in the pack, particularly when it comes to a potential deal for attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese star, along with Gelson Martins and William Carvalho, have asked for their contracts at Sporting to be terminated, as reported by Sky Sports on Tuesday morning.
The trio want out of the Portuguese outfit due to the recent attack on the squad, which left some players beaten after a group of 50 masked fans stormed the training ground in May.
Fernandes is valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, but if the 23-year-old gets his wish, he could be available on a free transfer, which should certainly alert Tottenham.
Fernandes proved his creative credentials last season by scoring 15 times and registering 12 assists, which is a huge plus from a Spurs point of view as they could do with more goals from midfield.
The six-capped Portugal international can also play as a secondary striker, and considering that he produced 134 shots during the campaign, Tottenham could have another goal threat alongside Harry Kane.
Fernandes has the attributes that would slot in nicely to Mauricio Pochettino’s fluid system, but he may have to jostle for a place with Christian Eriksen, depending on where he is picked to play.
At the moment, the Denmark international is firmly holding on to a place in the team, but with amount of competitions that Tottenham will be competing in, being able to have quality to rotate with would be a huge benefit.