According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur have made a decision not to pursue Bruno Fernandes. The Lilywhites had been linked with a move for the £50m midfielder, but they’ve opted against making him their club-record signing and will turn their attentions elsewhere.
Fernandes was a standout performer for Sporting CP last season, scoring (32) and creating (18), 50 goals in 53 games in all competitions. The 24-year-old shone in the Portuguese Primeira Liga too, contributing 33 goals, making 104 chances and completing 31 successful dribbles (63%).
The Portuguese international averaged 54 passes-per-game with 75% accuracy, won 32 aerial duels (44%), whipped in 199 crosses with 30% accuracy, hit the target with 46% of his 120 shots, blocked 32 passes/crosses/shots, made 20 clearances and averaged a tackle (56) or interception (14) every 42 minutes.
It’s easy to see why he’s attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United, but it’s also intriguing why so many clubs (Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester City) have distanced themselves from the rumours surrounding Fernandes.
If Tottenham signed the midfielder, his £50m valuation would surpass the £42m spent on Davinson Sanchez in 2017. Mauricio Pochettino is expected to bring in at least one centre-mid this summer, but it doesn’t look like being the Sporting man.