Spurs and Man Utd have been given fresh hope on the availability of Portuguese goal-machine Bruno Fernandes after news emerged that Sporting Lisbon are still interested in offloading the €70m-rated star despite talk of a new contract, claims a newspaper in Portugal.
The Fernandes transfer saga had been one of the most intriguing arcs over the summer, with a move to the Premier League often touted.
Tottenham had appeared to be the keenest of the English admirers, but a number of reported bids were rejected by the Lisbon club over the fear of fan backlash unless a fee closer to the €126 million Benfica received for Joao Felix could be received.
Now, a report from Portuguese daily A Bola (via Sport Witness) claims that ‘Sporting are still interested in selling him for €70m’ despite the player having ‘his salary raised from €1.5m to €2m (figures likely after tax)’ should pen be put to paper on a new deal.
The report goes on to claim that Spurs offered wages of ‘€3.5m’ (approx. £60,000 per week) in their efforts to tempt the 24-year-old and made ‘several offers’, but ultimately a deal was not forged between the teams.
The news of Fernandes’ renewed availability will spark interest from Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu according to the report which states that it ‘becomes more likely that it will be Real Madrid who will lead the race for Fernandes in the next transfer windows, unless Tottenham try again.’
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