This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Tottenham Hotspur are determined to sign either Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes or Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso in the coming week, per The London Evening Standard.
But The London Evening Standard now reports that Spurs are desperate to buy a potential replacement for Christian Eriksen before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Indeed, Eriksen has aired his desire to take on a new challenge in this transfer window but there is the possibility that he will be sold after the English market closes, with most European windows remaining open until the end of the month.
Indeed, the report states that the club are not expecting to buy both players but want to sign one in the next week.
Fernandes is valued at £64m, while Lo Celso has an £88m release clause, per the report.
Indeed, Spurs have been chasing the latter all summer, with the BBC reporting in May that they had tabled a £53m bid for the Argentine.
Fernandes is a far more prolific player than his Betis counterpart.
Capable of playing as a central midfielder and an attacking midfielder, he offers the opportunity to lighten some of the load on striker Harry Kane.
While Lo Celso could pick the lock, Fernandes has the sledgehammer needed to knock the door down.
He could be an even more astute, and even more exciting, signing.