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Bruno Fernandes reveals he was denied Tottenham transfer despite agreeing a deal

By Mohamed Moallim

Man Utd transfer news on the Bruno Fernandes deal

Published: 16:25, 31 August 2019

Bruno Fernandes has revealed he was ready to join Tottenham Hotspur but Sporting Club rejected their proposal as it didn’t meet his valuation.

The 24-year-old Portuguse midfielder was heavily linked with a move away from Lisbon in the summer following an impressive 2018/19 campaign.

The fight for Fernandes: Five key things to know…

  • Fernandes joined Sporting Club from Sampdoria in 2017.
  • He finished the 2018/19 season having scored 20 goals in 33 league games.
  • It meant he broke Frank Lampard’s record for most goals by a midfielder in a European season: 27 in 2009/10.
  • Man Utd and Spurs were heavily linked with him but the Red Devils didn’t follow up with a bid.
  • Spurs did but Sporting rejected it and Fernandes respects their decision.

Fernandes bagged 20 goals in 33 appearance while creating a further 13 for his teammates. His performances reportedly caught the eye of Premier League giants Man Utd and Spurs.

United chose not to make an offer for the player but Spurs did put in a bid. However, Sporting felt the proposal was short of their valutation and subsequently decided not to sell the midfielder.

Even though Fernandes was keen to make the switch, he understood Sporting’s decision.

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“As you all know, Tottenham made a lot of proposals for me. Everything was right with me – or practically should be,” he told GQ Portugal.

“I never made any big demands, my manager was always dealing with the financials. It was and is my goal to play in England, Sporting you know that, everyone knows that, and there were conditions for things to be done.

“But Sporting understood that the value was not enough and I have to respect the decision.”