Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes as an alternative to Giovani Lo Celso, according to reports in Portugal.
Earlier this week, we relayed reports suggesting Spurs are in talks with Real Betis to sign Lo Celso and the player is keen on a move.
However, there has been some debate over whether Tottenham are willing to meet Betis’ asking price for the Argentinian, which could get near to his £88 million release clause.
With that in mind, Spurs are said to be looking at alternatives, and Portuguese outlet A Bola claims Fernandes is of interest to the Londoners.
Fernandes scored 32 goals and provided 18 assists in 53 appearances across all competitions this season – extraordinary numbers for at attacking midfielder.
It is believed Mauricio Pochettino is keen on the 24-year-old but Tottenham could face competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool.
A stumbling block could be Fernandes’ price, with Manchester United apparently willing to pay between £62 million and £70 million for the Portugal international, who also has a £88 million release clause in his contract.
If Spurs aren’t willing to pay that amount for Lo Celso, it’s surely unlikely they will go for Fernandes instead.