Manchester United and Tottenham have both been dealt a blow in their efforts to sign Portuguese playermaker Bruno Fernandes after a series of reports from Portugal suggested a move prior to the 5pm deadline is all but impossible.
Fernandes has been one of the hottest topics of the 2019 summer transfer window, with several Premier League clubs lodging interest including Man Utd, Tottenham and Liverpool.
Spurs had reportedly met the €70m asking price for the Sporting Lisbon man, but the bid was rejected as only €45m of the fee was due to be paid up front.
The main newspapers in Portugal (via Sport Witness) all report that it now looks likely that Fernandes will stay at Sporting past the Premier League transfer deadline today.
Not everyone has given up on the prospect of a potential deal forging its way through before 5pm, however, as Correio da Manhã claim that Fernandes’ agent, Miguel Pinho, is looking to ‘accelerate’ a deal to United and is hoping to convince the Premier League club to make a bid in an effort to ‘unblock’ the transfer.
The report in Correio da Manhã adds that Tottenham have ‘given up’ after their last offer and the newspapers mention that Real Madrid could still be a possibility.
A busy day is still expected at White Hart Lane, however, as reports emerged that Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso had made his way to London for a medical earlier today.
One deal that appears to have joined Fernandes in the highly unlikely category is that of Paolo Dybala. The forward looks destined to remain with Juventus after the Turin club performed a U-turn on his proposed move to Spurs.