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.
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.
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.