Two of Europe’s most wanted players in the transfer market this summer are Portuguese duo, Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix. The Sporting Lisbon and Benfica players have had fantastic seasons respectively and big teams around Europe are keen.
Fernandes has scored 31 goals and assisted 17 in a fantastic campaign. Teenage attacker Felix has scored 18 and assisted 11 in a breakthrough season.
Manchester City appear to have Fernandes lined up. Sky Sports suggest they are closing in on a deal worth between £50-£60 million for the player. Felix has a number of suitors. Dubbed the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’, Marca recently suggested he will cost any new side his €120 million (£106m) release clause.
But West Ham United must be kicking themselves.
Last July, Sky Sports suggested West Ham had made a £20 million offer for the player. Sky Sports said a deal was ‘believed to be close’ for the teenager who had not yet made a name for himself at Benfica.
West Ham failed to bring either in. Fernandes stuck with Sporting and Felix was told he’d get a chance at Benfica.
The Hammers moved on and did some good business last summer. But, with a joint tally of 49 goals, 28 assists and a potential combined asking price of £166 million, West Ham must wish they had pulled off these two transfers last summer?