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TBR View: Why Gedson Fernandes could be key to Tottenham completing left-back deal

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TBR View: Why Gedson Fernandes could be key to Tottenham completing left-back deal

Gedson Fernandes has endured an underwhelming start to life at Tottenham Hotspur after joining the club on loan from Benfica in the January window – but could he now offer his biggest contribution, by helping Spurs land a reported target?

Fernandes, 21, joined the club on an 18-month loan-to-buy deal from Benfica at the start of the year. The two-time Portugal international has failed to live up to the hype, though, managing only nine Spurs appearances – starting just twice.

The Covid-19 pandemic has stopped football for the time being, leaving Gedson to review on a disappointing start to his life in north London. However, this summer, Gedson could make his biggest contribution as a Spurs player yet.

 

That is because Tottenham have been linked with a move for Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo. Football London suggest Jose Mourinho could look to solve Spurs’ left-back slot with a move for the former Barcelona star.

Grimaldo [Bottom row, first on the left] and Gedson [Bottom row, second on the right]. (Photo credit: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Grimaldo, 24, is considered one of the best left-sided defenders yet to complete a big-money move to one of Europe’s best leagues. An assist machine, he has laid on eight assists this season and 30 in 156 appearances for Benfica.

His trusty left foot could come at a hefty price. Indeed, Portuguese outlety A Bola claim he has a release clause worth £55million – a fee which Spurs may have to pay if they want to sign the Spanish defender.

A number of clubs are likely to be after Grimaldo, with The Sun claiming Manchester United could also consider Grimaldo. But the Benfica connection between Gedson and Grimaldo could prove crucial, and help Tottenham sign the defender.

Spurs are more than capable of affording such a fee, after spending a combined £54million to sign Steven Bergwijn and Gio Lo Celso on a permanent basis. Gedson, then, could helps Spurs beat United by urging his old teammate to join him in London.

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