Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Daily Mirror writer Darren Lewis believes Tottenham and club chairman Daniel Levy will be ‘crying every night’ over their failure to land Man United star Bruno Fernandes – with the pundit going on to suggest he was in the ‘palm’ of Spurs’ hands.
Fernandes, who excelled last season in all competitions for both Sporting Lisbon and United, scoring a combined 27 goals from midfield for both clubs, was bordering on a north London move before the Red Devils eventually sealed his transfer.
Should Spurs have paid an initial £47m to sign Bruno Fernandes?
Yes, would have been worth every penny
No, far too expensive
The Portuguese ace even admitted himself that Levy and co were ‘closer‘ at one stage in the race, but Tottenham’s ultimate failure to land Fernandes has debatably resulted in United acquiring a superstar.
After selling playmaker Christian Eriksen in January to Inter Milan for just £16.9 million, it was arguably imperative for Spurs to replace him with an adept creative asset who could mimic the Dane’s influence.
Fernandes, who averaged a highly impressive 3.7 key passes per 90 in the Primeira Liga before his January switch (WhoScored), making his initial £47 million fee seem fairly reasonable, appeared to be the optimal target.
However, as Spurs contemplated a move, United leapfrogged them in the race for his signature and eventually secured a blockbuster deal – with the 26-year-old going on to score eight goals whilst assisting seven others in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Now, Mirror journalist Lewis believes Tottenham will be distraught over missing out on a world class asset – taking aim at the club and, by extension, Levy.
“Spurs can dither,” explained the writer on Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I think they will cry every night over losing Bruno Fernandes when they had him in the palm of their hands and dithered over how much he would cost.
“They dither, ‘it’s got to be this, it’s got to be that’ – they can’t seem to get the players in to move the team on.
“Other clubs have made far more progress because they moved far more quickly.”
Given the current lack of creativity in midfield under Jose Mourinho, Spurs could have arguably done with a signing like Fernandes to give them that cutting edge as the 2020/2021 season gets underway.
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