Tottenham Hotspur target Bruno Fernandes is edging closer to a move to Manchester United – but should Spurs make one last offer for the midfielder?
The Daily Star cite Italian journalist Pietro Balzano Prota in reporting that Fernandes’ agent is still in talks with the Red Devils over personal terms – leaving hope that Spurs could make a late swoop.
It is no surprise that the 24-year-old is courting interest from several clubs after his majorly impressive 2018/19 season, where he scored 32 goals and providing 18 assists.
The Portuguese international operates in the centre of midfield but clearly likes to push forward and be creative at every opportunity.
His composure in front of goal and ability to shoot from range has been a key factor in his impressive goal tally, and the 5ft 10″ player is also not afraid og=f going in for a header.
He also plays a key role in launching counter-attacks when playing for Sporting Lisbon, organising the players around him and picking pinpoint passes.
Signing Fernandes would allow Mauricio Pochettino to play reported Real Madrid target Christian Eriksen further up the pitch in an attacking midfield role, where he flourishes best.
The ex-Sampdoria man could also be played alongside Eric Dier or Victor Wanyama in more difficult games or matches away from home, providing a perfect defensive/attacking balance.
With United’s bid reportedly being in the region of €80m, Spurs should at least match those terms given the fact they are unlikely to find a player with such good stats for that value.
In addition, Fernandes is only likely to improve given his age, meaning he looks set to be one of Europe’s best playmakers for many years to come.