Tottenham Hotspur were linked with Bruno Fernandes over the summer.
Tottenham Hotspur landed Giovani Lo Celso on deadline day, but he was far from the only playmaker linked with a move to North London this summer.
With concerns over Christian Eriksen’s long-term future, Tottenham looked at potential number 10’s to sign, with Philippe Coutinho and Paulo Dybala the biggest names linked.
Mauricio Pochettino ended up landing his compatriot Lo Celso from Real Betis, but he was also heavily linked with raiding Sporting for Bruno Fernandes.
Sky Sports claimed just a week before the transfer deadline that Spurs had held talks with Sporting about a deal for Fernandes, but no move materialised.
Fernandes, 24, has been a star for Sporting in the last couple of seasons, posting frankly ridiculous numbers last season of 32 goals and 16 assists, having smashed 16 goals and 20 assists the season before that.
The Portuguese international has proven that he can create and score, whilst his set piece and long-range ability would make him a fine replacement for Eriksen.
Fernandes has now told GQ Portugal that he had agreed terms with Tottenham, but Sporting rejected their bid for him, meaning he had to stay put in the Portuguese capital.
Tottenham fans have unsurprisingly reacted to those comments, with many ruing Daniel Levy’s inability to get the deal done as they feel it’s ‘typical’ to have missed out on a player who had been happy to join.
Others think Spurs should move again in January, even suggesting they’ll see him when the window opens, with one fan even claiming he could be the most influential Spurs midfielder since Luka Modric if Levy can finally get a move over the line in 2020.
Levy strikes again.— Paul Audere Est Facere (@paulyboym1) August 31, 2019
Hell of a player and a big miss for us. A far less complicated deal than Dybala and (unlike Lo Celso) would’ve hit the ground running. Potentially the most influential midfielder since Modric.— paddy king (@paddytheloaf) August 31, 2019
we’ll see u in january pal— we are shit (@theofficialyani) August 31, 2019
That would have been some signing— barry toms (@TomsBarry) August 31, 2019
Don’t worry we will get you In January when eriksen leaves— Zeki Kadri (@zeki_kadr) August 31, 2019
Let’s get him in January— Diddy Lynch (@diddy_lynch) August 31, 2019
Come Spurs January instead, along with Dybala of course— WhiteHartHarry (@WhiteHartHarry) August 31, 2019
Dw lad you’ll come to N17 in January— Manny (@Mannythfc) August 31, 2019
Lets get him and dybala in jan lads— realtastypickles (@TheTastyPickles) August 31, 2019
Someone that wants to play for us ? Unlike Eriksen ?? Know who I would prefer at the club— Jason (@Fraggle29) August 31, 2019
typical really liked him— Matt Gibbons (@mdjgibbo) August 31, 2019
January it is— Rob (@rrobbiegg) August 31, 2019