Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes has told GQ Portugal, as translated by Sky Sports, that he had agreed to join Tottenham Hotspur – but the move was pulled.
Spurs were in the market for another playmaker this summer, with concerns over Christian Eriksen's future, and they eventually landed Giovani Lo Celso.
Others were linked, such as Philippe Coutinho and Paulo Dybala, whilst Sporting ace Fernandes was another name strongly touted for a move to North London.
Just a week before the transfer deadline, Sky Sports reported that Tottenham had opened talks to sign Fernandes, but Lo Celso ended up arriving from Betis instead.
Fernandes, 24, has been a star in Lisbon, smashing 32 goals and 18 assists last season as well as 16 goals and 20 assists in the 2017-18 campaign.
With one goal and four assists in just three league games this season too, Fernandes has been a creative force and a fine goalscorer, with his technical ability and long-range shooting making him one of the most exciting playmakers around.
Fernandes is remarkably set to stay with Sporting into 2020, but he has now opened up on those Tottenham rumours in a new interview.
Fernandes claims that Spurs made 'a lot' of offers for him, and whilst he would have been happy to complete the move as it's his dream to play in England, Sporting didn't feel Tottenham's offers were good enough.
“As you all know, Tottenham made a lot of proposals for me,” said Fernandes. “Everything was right with me - or practically should be. I never made any big demands, my manager was always dealing with the financials. It was and is my goal to play in England, Sporting you know that, everyone knows that, and there were conditions for things to be done.”
“But Sporting understood that the value was not enough and I have to respect the decision,” he added.
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