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Another English club comes in for Sporting star Bruno Fernandes, initial offer rejected

Another English club comes in for Sporting star Bruno Fernandes, initial offer rejected

Bruno Fernandes has been one of the most discussed Portuguese players this summer, having been regularly linked with a move to England.

After a stunning campaign last season with his Lisbon club, where he helped Sporting win both the League Cup and the Portuguese Cup, his future has been the source of constant speculation.

His combined total of 33 league goals and assists in 33 Primeira Liga outings illustrates how crucial he was to his side during the 2018-19 season, and it is therefore unsurprising that he is a man in demand.

Liverpool had at one point been deemed most likely so sign him, though Manchester United have undoubtedly been leading the race to sign the 24-year old attacking midfielder over the last couple of weeks, and have widely been expected to eventually complete the signing of the 13-time Portugal international.

However, it is now widespread knowledge in Portugal that Tottenham Hotspurs have well and truly re-entered the race to sign Fernandes, with Spurs chiefs having flown to Portugal in a bid to negotiate a move for talented midfielder.

They were looking to potentially get a deal done as Manchester United continue to fail to meet the demands of Sporting president Frederico Varandas.

The player is valued at around £60million by Sporting, a valuation that no club has yet reached, and Tottenham have also so far failed to persuade the Lisbon outfit to sell their captain, the proposal on offer rejected by Varandas.

Bruno Fernandes. Photo author: Антон Зайцев.  Link to license .

Bruno Fernandes. Photo author: Антон Зайцев. Link to license.

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