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Tottenham Hotspur’s bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes has been revealed by the Portuguese club’s president, Frederico Varandes, per the club’s official website.
Spurs were heavily linked with a move for the Portugal international in the summer transfer window.
In 2018/19, Fernandes enjoyed an exceptional season, scoring 32 goals in all competitions and registering 18 assists.
An exceptional attacking midfielder, he has already scored twice and registered four assists this season, though Spurs ended up signing Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis instead of the 24-year-old.
And Varandes has now revealed how Spurs’ offer was structured.
He said: “We managed to maintain Sporting CP’s greatest sporting value, Bruno Fernandes, and we were able give greater balance and solutions (to the squad). So we think this group is more competitive, has more solutions and has more quality than last season.
“It was ‘impossible’ to retain Bruno Fernandes, but we did it.
“We prepared for his sale by putting a fair price on his worth, and we had bids, but only a Tottenham offer that was €45m (£40.3m) plus €20m (£17.9m) in bonuses – winning the English League and the Champions League. Finding these goals difficult, I understood not to accept.”
Sporting were only ever going to get £40.3m for Fernandes.
Spurs are unlikely to topple Manchester City or Liverpool any time soon, such is their financial might and astonishing quality of their playing squads.
Yes, the club reached the Champions League final last season but it remains to be seen if that was a miracle or if it can be repeated.
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Tabling such a bid made sense, of course, with Spurs attempting to spread the cost of his signing.
But Sporting were not willing to have the wool pulled over their eyes; they were right to snub Spurs’ advances.
They may never have another chance to bring Fernandes into the club.