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Tottenham did not have the credentials to buy Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes, Sporting CP, Sporting Lisbon,
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Sporting president Varandas says Tottenham did not have the credentials to fulfill the bid for Bruno Fernandes

In an interview with Sporting Lisbons president Frederico Varandas, there is a very simple reason that Spurs’ bid for Fernandes failed.

Fernandes was supposed to be one of the transfers of the summer. A central midfielder that scored 32 goals and had 18 assists in 53 games.

On top of this phenomenal record, at the age of 24, already Sporting’s team captain and a regular in the Portuguese national team.

The move never seemed to materialise. There was the talk of Manchester United. But that was apparently all subject to  Paul Pogba leaving.

The closet deal was a move to Tottenham. The Lillywhites made a bid of 64 million Euros. The offer was accepted.

However, it was the terms of the agreement that left Varandas in no doubt that this was a none starter.

The proposed deal was 45 million Euros upfront, and the balance based on incentives. This was a pretty normal payment structure. The only problem was, Sporting did not think that the goals set out by Spurs were achievable.

To all intense and purpose, Varandas doubted Tottenham’s on the field credentials.

According to the interview from The Daily Mail he said:

“One of the incentives was for Tottenham to win the Premier League and Champions League, something that’s never going to happen.”

He is in no doubt that Sporting will eventually sell as that is just part and parcel of Portuguese football.

But his team will make the most out of hanging on to there star for a little longer.

He added:

“Every club has to sell. Take Benfica who sold Joao Felix, their best player. Porto sold Eder Militao and their two best players (Hector Herrera and Yacine Brahimi) for nothing.”

“Do Sporting have to sell? Yes, we have, but we managed to keep the best midfielder in Europe. That is a feat.”

“The best striker plays for Juventus, the best goalkeeper and defender play for Liverpool, and the best midfielder is at Sporting.”

“It is hard to believe, isn’t it? The reality of Portuguese football is that clubs have to sell.”

Varandas will be watching Spur’s season unfold, either with an “I told you so,” or ” well I never.”

Either way, the Bruno Fernandes saga will no doubt reignite in January. All bidders may need their credentials checked by Frederico Varandas before they bid.