Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes has revealed that he was on the brink of a move to Spurs in the summer, only for his parent club to block it.
The 24-year old Sporting captain had been linked all summer with a switch to the Premier League, with Manchester United also reported to be interested in signing a player who has drawn comparisons with Frank Lampard because of his ability to score goals from midfield. However, it was Spurs who were the closest to capturing him, with the player keen on the move to North London, only for Sporting to pull the plug on any deal when Tottenham refused to match their €70 million (£63 million) valuation for the player.
In an interview, the Portuguese international said “It was and is my goal to play in England, Sporting you know that, everyone knows that, and there were conditions for things to be done.
“But Sporting understood that the value was not enough and I have to respect the decision”.
Fernandes scored the opening goal for Sporting on Saturday evening in the home fixture with Rio Ave, but it was not enough to prevent his side sliding to a surprise 3 – 2 defeat.
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