Portuguese outlet A Bola have claimed Tottenham Hotspur have joined Liverpool and Manchester United in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon playmaker Bruno Fernandes.
Fernandes, 24, starred for Sporting last season, having a hand in a whopping 50 goals during his 53 league and cup appearances. He scored 32 times for the Portuguese side last season, as well as clocking up 18 assists.
It is believed 12-time Portugal international Fernandes has a release clause in his contract worth £88.6million, a fee that is more than double Spurs’ current club-record fee of £42million paid for Davinson Sanchez.
The report claims Tottenham have entered the race for the Sporting captain after missing out on Real Betis attacker Giovani Lo Celso, but join Manchester United and Liverpool in the race for Fernandes.
Fernandes would be an unbelievable signing for any team in Europe, let alone the Premier League. However, for Spurs, the £88.6million release clause is somewhat unattainable.
Chairman Daniel Levy is known for his tight stronghold on the Tottenham coffers. Given Spurs have spent so much on their new stadium, the chances of Spurs splashing out that kind of cash on one player is near impossible.
However, with Christian Eriksen expected to join Real Madrid, Spurs could reimburse the money they receive for the Dane on Fernandes.