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Tottenham won’t and will not have to pay £87 million for Bruno Fernandes

The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur this week.

Mathew Nash



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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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.


Southampton is the ideal destination for Liverpool forward Danny Ings

The Liverpool forward has had a torrid time on Merseyside

Liam Thomas



Danny Ings
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Liverpool signed Danny Ings back in 2015 after the forwards terrific season with Burnley earned him a big money move to Anfield. However, largely due to injuries, the Englishman’s time on Merseyside has been spent on the sidelines.

With the new Premier League season edging closer, it looks as if Ings’ time at the Reds may be coming to an end and, according to The Sun, Southampton are keen on bringing the forward to St. Mary’s to head up their forward line.

Liverpool rate Ings at £20 million but the Saints will be looking to require his signature for half that price given the forward’s recent injury record and there seems no better destination for him to rediscover the form that saw him leave Burnley for Anfield.

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Southampton was the club it all started for Ings, with the forward playing for Saints as a schoolboy. Now the Englishman is fighting fit and ready to go, it seems the South coast outfit would offer him the first team action he needs to become a prolific goalscorer once again.

A fresh start is exactly what Ings needs to reignite his Premier League career and, at 25 years of age, he still has a lot left in the tank to give some of his best years to Mark Hughes’ team.

If the Liverpool forward could rediscover the form that saw him score 43 times in 139 appearances for Burnley, Southampton could profit hugely.

Are the Saints the team for Ings to finally rediscover that fortune? Given a little bit of confidence and a run of minutes under his belt, St.Mary’s could become the perfect playground for the forward to flourish.

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Three reasons why Kenedy can become Newcastle’s talisman next season

The 22-year-old made an instant impact when he joined on loan last season.

Liam Thomas



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Newcastle United managed to acquire Kenedy’s services for another season, after bringing the silky winger in on loan last January from Chelsea.

During his time at St. James’ Park last season, the Brazilian showed glimpses of the genius that saw Chelsea bring him into their ranks from Brazilian powerhouse Fluminense and he will, in no doubt, be an extremely effective weapon for Rafael Benitez to have at his disposal next season.

But can the 22-year-old take it up a notch and become Newcastle’s star man in the 2018/19 Premier League season?

A brilliant manager to learn from

Kenedy will again have to chance to play under Spanish tactician Rafael Benitez, a manager who’s done and won it all.

Benitez seemed to get the best out of Kenedy last season for the Magpies, and the young Brazilian won’t find many other managers around who are invested in getting the very best out of their young talents.

He had a huge impact playing just half the season for Newcastle

When Kenedy arrived on Tyneside in January, Benitez’ team were struggling, and in a rut of bad form, the Brazilian played his part in turning the clubs fortunes around and helped his new side to a top half finish.

It is a mouthwatering prospect to think for Newcastle fans what Kenedy will achieve with the club given a full season with them, and now he has fully settled into life in the city, he may be able to make an even bigger impact next season.

Young, ambitious and highly rated

At 22 years of age, Kenedy is poised to have the best season of his career so far and his energetic style of play bodes well for Newcastle next season.

You only have to look back as far as April to see the kind of teams interested in taking Kenedy into their ranks for the new season. Sky Sports reported that Bayern Munich and PSG were considering launching bids for the winger; a testament to how highly rated he is.

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Tottenham signing Gonzalo Martinez would put pressure on countryman Erik Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for the Argentine this summer.

Mathew Nash



Tottenham Hotspur are one of three teams being linked with a move for Gonzalo Martinez this week. Calciomercato report the River Plate man is on the radar of Everton, Southampton and indeed Spurs. With a £13.3 million price-tag, an Italian passport and a reservoir of talent it is easy to see why Spurs might be keen on the player.

His arrival would, however, put immediate pressure on a Tottenham Hotspur fan favourite. The parallels between Martinez, or ‘Pity’ as he is known, are fairly remarkable. Firstly, there is the Argentinian connection but both are also River Plate products. Then there is their style of play. Both are left-footed attacking midfielders, capable of playing from either side and creative in their style of play.

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The main difference between the two is physique. Lamela, lean and tall, towers over the more diminutive pocket-rocket that is Martinez.

But his arrival would certainly put pressure on Lamela to become more consistent for Tottenham. That is not just regarding his form, but also his fitness. Injuries have become a big issue for Lamela at Tottenham and Martinez could be viewed as a potential replacement.

In a week where rumours of a contract extension are rife and considering how universally popular the hard-working Lamela is that would seem odd.

However, it might be nice to see him put under pressure by his countryman if Spurs do bring in the bargain buy.

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