Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have both been linked with a move for £65m-rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes this month, but Football London claim Spurs could be about to play a trump card.
Fernandes, 25, has continued his stunning form this month for Sporting – having a hand in 28 goals in just 25 games from midfield. He has netted 15 and created 13, leading to plenty of interest from the Premier League.
The Daily Express has claimed Manchester United are locked in negotiations for the Portugal international and Sporting captain, with the club set to table a £65million offer. But Spurs are now said to be looking to hijack such a move.
That is because Football London have claimed that Spurs are willing to include Argentina international Juan Foyth in the deal, allowing him to join Sporting on loan. Foyth’s agent recently said: “We are evaluating the possibility of going out in January.”
TBR’s view – Could inclusion of Foyth swing a deal in Spurs favour?
Sporting have been disappointing this season, despite the form of Fernandes. They sit in fourth after 16 games, behind Portuguese minnows Famalicao, as well as Benfica and Porto. What will worry Sporting is the goals conceded.
In 16 league games, they have let in 18. Not an awful tally on the face of it, but compared to Porto’s nine, and Benfica’s six, it is far behind where they want to be defensively. Bringing in Foyth may just improve that between now and the summer.
It may just seen Sporting rather a deal with Spurs than United, for skipper Fernandes, if he is to leave this month.