Tottenham should be looking to watch the Rangers v Spartak Moscow clash tonight.
Rangers host Spartak Moscow in the Europa League tonight, and will be hoping to take advantage of the Russian giants having a dismal start to the season.
After winning the title in 2017, Spartak finished third last season, and Italian boss Massimo Carrera was expected to launch another title challenge this term.
However, a 3-2 home defeat to Arsenal Tula has left Spartak in seventh place in the Russian Premier League table, seven points adrift of league leaders Zenit – and that proved to be Carrera’s final game in charge.
Rangers will now look to heap the misery on Spartak, but the Russians undoubtedly have some quality players on show, particularly Brazilian midfielder Fernando; a player Tottenham should certainly be interested in watching tonight.
The 26-year-old, formerly of Gremio, Shakhtar Donetsk and Sampdoria, has starred since making a 2016 move to Russia, and hit nine goals from midfield last season.
Combative, quick and technically gifted, Fernando is an ideal box-to-box midfielder, making him a potential target to replace Mousa Dembele in the Spurs midfield, whilst his ability from set pieces is also a major facet to his game.
The Sun reported over the summer that Spurs were interested in a £22million move for Fernando, but that failed to materialise, and with Dembele seemingly set for a 2019 exit, he should be back on Tottenham’s radar.
The short trip up to Glasgow would give Tottenham an ideal chance to see Fernando in action again and weigh up a January bid for him, especially if he impresses in the Spartak engine room at Ibrox tonight.