Tottenham Hotspur’s summer transfer target Bruno Fernandes is reportedly in talks over signing a new deal at current club Sporting Lisbon.
Noticias Ao Minuto reports that Fernandes will sit down with the club next week to discuss the details of a new deal in the Portuguese capital.
Tottenham were, of course, heavily linked with a move for the player in the summer. In fact, as reported by The Sun, Tottenham made an offer for the player which met his release clause at Sporting but fell short of the £60 million asking price.
As reported by Record this week, that has seen Sporting having to pay a fine to the player but a new deal is expected to be agreed in the weeks to come.
But it should not put Tottenham off.
The latest contract appears to be a reward for Fernandes’ decision to remain at Sporting this summer with minimal fuss.
A new deal will simply eradicate any previous release clauses whilst also allowing Sporting to negotiate a higher price for the player.
As reported by A Bola, and relayed by Noticias, that asking price is likely to be around €70 (£62.5) million.
So whilst a new deal does look likely for Fernandes, Tottenham fans should not take it as a death knell to their interest in the player. It just means they will have to pay full price with one of the world’s hardest negotiating clubs if they do want to pry Fernandes away.
With Daniel Levy at the helm, that could be interesting.