Jose Mourinho has today definitively shut down suggestions that Tottenham could move to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP.
25-year-old Fernandes has emerged as one of Portuguese football’s star performers over the last couple of seasons.
The former Udinese and Sampdoria man possesses all of the key traits of a modern attacking midfielder, combining a keen eye for goal, set-piece prowess, creative flair and a penchant for the spectacular.
Across all competitions last season, Fernandes racked up a spectacular 29 goals and 17 assists.
As a result, it subsequently came as little surprise to see a whole host of top European clubs named as keen suitors of the Sporting star this past summer.
Manchester City were first rumoured to have been on the verge of clinching a deal for the midfielder, before Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham were all also touted as potential destinations.
Bit of Bruno Fernandes detail. His agent, Miguel Pinho, met with #THFC y’day. Fernandes & Lo Celso Spurs’ midfield targets. #MUFC, who met Pinho 2 months ago, asked him in past fortnight for some more time as they focus first on signing a RB (Wan-Bissaka) https://t.co/s2XCpyzQYX
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) June 20, 2019
In the end, however, a transfer failed to come to fruition for Fernandes, with the 25-year-old set to remain at the José Alvalade Stadium until at least next month.
‘Definitely say no’
Somewhat surprisingly, meanwhile, Fernandes last month put pen-to-paper on a new contract with Sporting, which is set to run until 2023.
This deal saw the midfielder’s release clause rise from £65 million to £85 million.
And one club who, as a result of this £20 million hike, now appear to be firmly out of the running for Fernandes’ signature, are Tottenham.
Speaking earlier today, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho confirmed that Sporting’s star man, who has already directly contributed to a hefty 20 goals this season, ‘is a player of a level and value that is not for us’.
During an interview with Sport TV, Mourinho explained:
‘We are a different club at this level.’
‘We are not a club that is going to make big transfers in the market. Nor is it going towards players who are already developed or at a certain level of expectation, also economically.’
‘I would definitely say no because Bruno (Fernandes) is a player of a level and value that is not for us.’
Quotes via the Daily Mail