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Tottenham reportedly scout £140m pair, but surely they can get better value for money

The Sporting pair of Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes are on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar.

Mathew Nash



It seems Tottenham Hotspur fans can expect to see some new faces arriving this summer. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have again fallen agonisingly short in their hunt for silverware this campaign. This comes despite good runs in both the FA Cup and the Champions League this season.

Two names that have been linked with a move to North London are the Sporting Lisbon duo of Bruno Fernandes and Gelson Martins.

Now, it appears that Spurs made a final check on the pair at the weekend.

According to Noticias ao Minuto, Spurs were one of many teams who tracked the player during last weekend’s Lisbon derby with Benfica. The same report suggests that Spurs are not put off by his €60 million (£52.5 million) release clause.

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But it is not only Gelson who Spurs were reportedly watching. A Bola reported that Tottenham were also in attendance to check up on Sporting’s talented central midfielder Bruno Fernandes. He himself has a similarly massive release clause, reported by A Bola to be €100 million (£87.5 million), which must be exercised in June.

Now whilst nobody is expecting Tottenham to pay £140 million for just two players, it is still going to take a sizeable investment to convince the notoriously difficult Sporting board to part with their prized possessions.

The question for Tottenham to ask themselves is whether they are truly worth the amount being asked for in their contracts – or indeed anywhere close to it.

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Both are immense talents but are also untested in the Premier League and spending such vast sums on such players is a huge risk from Daniel Levy.

There are certainly players as talented, if not more, still available to Tottenham in the Premier League. Those players would cost similar amounts but have less risk due to their experience in England. They would also have better resale value, should a deal not prove to be fruitful.

Tottenham have no doubt done their due diligence, but to believe the frugal Daniel Levy is to spend such vast sums on the Portuguese pair? It all seems too far-fetched to become reality.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Striker offload, Martial U-turn and Vertonghen wanted

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash



Striker offload

Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their attempts to remove Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente from the club.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham are hoping to raise as much as £30 million in fees by selling the two striker flops.

Spurs signed Dutch international Vincent Janssen in the summer of 2016 but he failed to have an impact and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. Llorente arrived as his replacement from Swansea but also struggled.

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Martial u-turn

Tottenham target Anthony Martial will now be allowed to leave Manchester United, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has performed a U-turn and wants the unhappy Frenchman sold this summer.

Tottenham have previously been keen but United want £80 million and would rather sell to foreign parties Bayern Munich or PSG.

Vertonghen wanted

PSG are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. As reported by Les Parisien the French champions are looking to bring in a new central defender this summer who can also play in other roles.

The Belgian is the perfect option but Tottenham would seem very unlikely to sell. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is also on their list.

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Everton round-up: Richarlison medical, Digne price-tag, Klaassen bid

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

Mathew Nash



Richarlison medical

Richarlison has completed his medical at Everton and is set to join on a £50 million deal from Watford in the next 24 hours.

Marco Silva worked with the Brazilian last season and was keen to reunite with him this summer.

An initial fee of £35 million is set to be paid for the player but clauses will take the overall price-tag nearer to £50 million.

That will make it a club record, ahead of last summer’s £45 million signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Digne price

There have been conflicting reports today in Spain regarding recent reports in England over Lucas Digne. The Mirror recently claimed Everton had agreed a £22 million fee for the French international.

However, that does not appear to be the case.

According to Sport, Everton have offered Barcelona just €10 million (£8.9m) for the player, with Barcelona wanting €16 million (£14.3m).

Everton currently have a delegation in Spain trying to thrash out a deal for the left-back.

Klaassen wanted

German side Werder Bremen want Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen. Kreiszeitung are reporting that the Bundesliga side are hopeful of signing the former Ajax captain in a £11.6 million deal this summer.

That would be a huge £12 million reduction on the £23.6 million Everton paid Ajax for the player last summer.

Klaassen failed to find his form at Everton and is expected to depart this summer.

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Jose Mourinho interest should spring Tottenham into Harry Maguire action, using Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham would be better off losing the Belgian now and bringing in England’s World Cup star.

Mathew Nash



Manchester United are the latest team being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. According to The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the England World Cup hero and is readying a move.

Any deal would cost in excess of £50 million. The Mirror suggest he will cost £65 million and see the futures of Marcos Rojo. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones jeopardised.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Maguire this summer and this development should jolt them into action.

Spurs could have the upper hand in this race, as they have a player Mourinho may want even more than Maguire.

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United are known to be very keen on Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old’s contract stand-off with Spurs has seen him linked with an exit this summer. Tottenham are standing firm on any asking price. The latest reports suggested that fee was £75 million.

But, in the long run, allowing Alderweireld to go for cheaper could be a stroke of genius from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Alderweireld is a far more ‘Mourinho’ player and the Manchester United boss would surely prefer him to Maguire. If Levy and Spurs allow the Belgian to go at a cheaper price it would leave the path clear to lodge their own bid for Maguire.

Tottenham would be ridding themselves of a contract rebel who, despite his brilliance, is nearly five years older than the England hero. In return, they would get Maguire, who would suit their style of play perfectly – especially if Mauricio Pochettino decides on playing a back-three.

A little convoluted? Perhaps. However, this could end up being the best case scenario for Tottenham.

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