Opinion: Bruno Fernandes – The one that got away

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Dom Le Roy

The transfer window is closed and Bruno Fernandes has got his lucrative transfer. However, it is not to Tottenham Hotspur. The Portuguese international has instead signed for Manchester United.

For the majority of the summer transfer window, Fernandes was a serious possibility for Tottenham.

Bruno Fernandes claimed that Tottenham were the perfect fit for him during this time (Record). He said that after the Nations League there was contact from many clubs, especially Tottenham (Zero Zero).

Spurs were seemingly a very attractive interest, as Fernandes went onto say about how “Tottenham fit into everything I wish I had at that moment.” He even added that Tottenham were the only club he agreed to talk to.

I am still not over the breakdown of the Paulo Dybala transfer (Independent). However, I do carry regret that the club didn’t go in for Fernandes with more intent.

The interview earlier on this season shows how keen the player was on coming. Spurs simply needed to come up with the cash to convince Sporting Lisbon.

The rumours came following a terrific season for the attacking midfielder. Fernandes was influential for Sporting Lisbon, contributing to 50 goals in 53 games over the season (TransferMarkt).

A testament to his ability. So far this season, he has been involved in 29 goals in 28 games (TransferMarkt). For me, he is a player who will be a real threat in the Premier League.

With the recent sale of Christian Eriksen, I would have loved Fernandes. Manchester United are expected to pay around £70 million (following add-ons) for the midfielder (BBC Sport).

It was seemingly a transfer that was out of the club’s depth this time around. I fear that Spurs and Levy may come to regret not splashing out on him though.

But as Tottenham struggled to sign a back-up striker, we do have to wonder whether we will start showing more intent in the next transfer window.

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  1. The only intent we will show is not to spend any money. A failure to secure CL football next year will give Levy the excuse he needs not to spend thus pushing us further behind. Think of this Liverpool loose CL final to Madrid and come back the following year to win it, finish second in the league then follow that with World club champions and probably the league. We loose to liverpool in CL final and continue under enic to win nothing but prices remain the same.


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