Date: 11th June 2019 at 11:38am
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have reportedly met Sporting CP’s asking price for , which means that the London club could be on their way towards the signing of the summer.

Portuguese news outlet O Jogo has reported that Spurs have tabled a bid worth around £62.3million for Fernandes, which is what Sporting are demanding for their impressive midfielder.

It is understood that Manchester United are also interested in the Portugal international while Manchester City have backed out of the race for his signature after seeing their final offer of £49million rejected.

Tottenham do appear to be edging closer towards signing Fernandes now that they have met Sporting’s demands for the player, which is a huge boost for the Londoners, who need to find a replacement for Christian Eriksen this summer.

Eriksen has made it clear that he will consider leaving Spurs in the current transfer window, which would leave a void in creativity in the Spurs midfield.

And while Fernandes is not the exact same type of midfielder as Eriksen, he would definitely be able to step up and replace the Denmark international in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

The former Sampdoria player was in red-hot form for Sporting CP last season as he captained them to two domestic cup titles.

He also scored 32 goals and supplied 18 assists in 52 appearances across all competitions for Sporting, with Benfica and Porto among some of the teams that he was involved in goals against.

According to stats by WhoScored, Fernandes completed an average of 3.2 key passes and 3.6 shots per goal in each of his Liga NOS appearances, which suggests that he is someone who is able to create chances for his team-mates, as well as enjoying to get into the box himself.

Fernandes has also been Sporting CP’s set-piece taker and captain, so there are other duties in the Tottenham squad that he could fill.

Spurs have a big summer transfer window on their hands and to beat Man United and Man City in the race for Fernandes would be one of the best deals that Daniel Levy and Pochettino could pull off before next season kicks off.