Bruno Fernandes to Premier League was a transfer saga that haunted the world of football for the entirety of the summer. The Portuguese midfielder was thought to be on the verge of completing the move, particularly as the days ticked off closer to the English deadline in August.
Sights of the attacking midfielder crying during Sporting Lisbon’s pre-season friendlies ensured that most supporters felt the move to England was certain, until it wasn’t anymore.
The past month was nevertheless riddled with many links, and now we may have the perfect idea about where he was headed, straight from the man himself.
Speaking to GQ Portugal, (via Sky Sports) the 24-year-old revealed that he had agreed to a deal with Tottenham Hotspur: “As you all know, Tottenham made a lot of proposals for me. Everything was right with me – or practically should be.”
He goes on to add: “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.”
His English ambition never came to fruition.
However, the attacking midfielder could still end up playing at the top level this season. The most recent deadline day links indicate that Real Madrid was trying to acquire his signature.
The Mirror now reports that Zinedine Zidane is closing in on a £64 million deal for Fernandes. The above comments from the player indicated that the reason the Spurs deal fell apart was due to the fact that the London side were unable to meet Sporting’s valuation.
Zidane may now be desperate for a player of his caliber after failing to acquire Paul Pogba in the summer and the price may be enough to convince the Portuguese club.