Bruno Fernandes has recently signed a new contract with Sporting, but it does not rule out the idea of him moving to Tottenham to play for Jose Mourinho.
Tottenham figure to be in the market for a new attacking midfielder very soon. If, as expected, Christian Eriksen does leave North London in January, it could easily be Bruno Fernandes that takes his place at Spurs.
Jose Mourinho and higher-ups at the Premier League club are not being put off by the recent news that Fernandes has inked a new contract with Sporting CP. According to Sport Witness, it does contain a release clause at £100 million. Even so, sources in Portugal believe the club will still be willing to sell their talented talisman for a figure closer to £70 million.
That figure will certainly be on the high-end of what Tottenham might be willing to spend in the immediate future, but it’s not a sum that will throw Spurs off the scent if they truly believe Fernandes is a world-class talent.
The question of just how good he can be in the Premier League will be up to the club’s new manager. Fortunately, Mourinho has a wealth of contacts in his home nation that can weigh in on Fernandes’ ability level. The Special One, of course, is also very familiar with the player from his ability to watch him in person over the last year.
Tottenham fans should keep a close eye on whether or not other attacking midfielders start to be linked with moves to Spurs in the coming weeks. Such reports could indicate a reduction in the club’s interest in Fernandes. Conversely, if fans don’t see those sorts of stories spreading like wildfire, it could be a telltale sign that Tottenham have zeroed in on the Sporting star as Eriksen’s replacement.
No matter what, Spurs fans shouldn’t interpret Fernandes signing a new deal as a signal that he’s no longer on Tottenham’s radar. He’s still a player of great interest for Mourinho and his staff. There’s no guarantee he’ll be moving to Spurs in January, but it’s not something that can be ruled out at this juncture either.