It is being reported this week that Tottenham Hotspur are interested in the signing of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
A Bola are suggesting the 23-year-old has jumped to the top of Tottenham’s list in their hunt for another midfield recruit this summer.
Spurs need another option in the midfield. Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks all play the role well, but Spurs want another X-factor player from deep.
Fernandes could undoubtedly be that man, but he will apparently not come cheap.
The Daily Mail are reporting Tottenham will have to cough up a fee of £87 million for the player to match his release clause.
That fee would double the club’s current transfer record, paid to sign Davinson Sanchez from Ajax last summer.
But the truth is, if Spurs do want to sign Fernandes, they will not have to pay anywhere near that figure.
It is a fact that the £87 million (€100 million) release clause exists in Fernandes’ deal. It was inserted from the moment Sporting signed the talented midfielder from Sampdoria last summer.
If Tottenham were to make such a monumental opening offer, Sporting’s hands would be tied and Fernandes would be free to walk. That, knowing the frugal nature of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will not happen. It also doesn’t need to.
Massive release clauses such as these are extremely popular in Portuguese football.
Very rarely are they ever met and the initial A Bola report even makes it clear that Sporting would be willing to sell for much less. They are inserted as mere precautions, rather than an actual valuation of the player’s going rate.
Fernandes would be a great option for Tottenham but at £87 million would be a gross waste of money from the North London side.
In fact, paying half of that would be too much for the player in Tottenham’s eyes. The good news is, if they are reasonable in their negotiations, Sporting will undoubtedly negotiate at such a fee.
£87 million would be far too much to spend on Fernandes. Thankfully such a price-tag will never have to be met for his services.