Report: Tottenham Hotspur identify Bruno Fernandes as Lo Celso alternative

Bruno Fernandes of Sporting CP reaction after missing a goal opportunity during the Liga NOS match between Sporting CP and CD Nacional at Estadio Jose Alvalade on December 16, 2018 in...

Tottenham are reportedly eyeing Bruno Fernandes.

Bruno Fernandes of Sporting CP during the Portuguese Cup match between Sporting CP and Rio Ave FC at  on December 19, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola report Tottenham Hotspur have switched attention from Giovani Lo Celso to Bruno Fernandes.

Fernandes starred for Portuguese side Sporting last season, scoring a staggering 28 goals from midfield.

 

He also added 15 assists, making him one of Europe's most in demand players.

Real Betis have so far thwarted Tottenham's efforts to sign Argentine playmaker Lo Celso.

Tottenham's £53 million offer was rejected, with Betis holding out for clubs to pay his £88 million release clause, BBC Sport report.

Bruno Fernandes of Sporting CP during the match between Sporting CP and FC Porto - Taca de Portugal Final at Estadio Nacional on May 25, 2019 in Oeiras, Portugal.

Fernandes won't come cheap either. He also has a release clause of a similar amount.

A Bola have reported Manchester United may be willing to pay up to £72 million for his signature.

Fernandes, 24, is unlikely to remain at Sporting beyond this summer.

Tottenham need to spend big on an attacking midfielder with Christian Eriksen entering the final year of his contract.

Eriksen told Ekstrabladet that he is looking for a new challenge, putting Tottenham in a difficult position.

Bruno Fernandes of Sporting Lisbon in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Sporting Lisbon and Viktoria Plzen at Estadio Jose Alvalade on March 8, 2018...

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