While it seems to already be common knowledge, the president of Sporting Liscob has now come out and confirmed that the club did indeed turn down a £58m offer from Tottenham for their star playmaker, Bruno Fernandes (Standard).
Tottenham will likely have to dip into the market to find a long-term replacement for Christian Eriksen before long, with the Great Dane having under a year left on his contract.
Sporting President, Frederico Varandas, has now said that his club were willing to sell Fernandes in the summer transfer window if a fair price was met.
The attacking midfielder was not able to secure a move away from Sporting this summer, meaning that Spurs could, in theory, return for him in January or next summer.
However, they may have to change their tactics as Varandas was not impressed with the clauses Daniel Levy added to his bid.
Spurs apparently offered €45m with €20m added on if Spurs won the Premier League or Champions League.
No wonder it failed.
Varandas said (Sporting): “It was ‘impossible’ to retain Bruno Fernandes, but we did it. We prepared for his sale by putting a fair price on his worth, and we had bids, but only a serious offer from Tottenham, that was 45 million euros plus 20 million in add-ons; winning the Premier League and the Champions League. Finding these add-ons difficult, I decided not to accept. ”
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