Tottenham's bold Fernandes bid included Premier League and Champions League glory clauses - Sporting chief

By Sports Desk September 05, 2019

Sporting CP rejected Tottenham's best offer for Bruno Fernandes because of doubts over the English outfit's improbable trophy plans, the Portuguese club's president said.

Frederico Varandas revealed Spurs offered a deal worth up to £58.4million (€65m) for midfielder Fernandes, who was also linked with a move to Real Madrid on deadline day.

The Portugal international last month said Tottenham had "made a lot of proposals" to prise him from Sporting, where he has played since 2017.

According to Varandas, one involved £18million (€20m) in add-ons, to be paid in the event Mauricio Pochettino's men won both the Premier League and the Champions League.

"It was 'impossible' to retain Bruno Fernandes, but we did it," Varandas told Sporting TV.

"We prepared for his sale by putting a fair price on his worth and we had bids.

"Tottenham [offered] €45m plus €20m in objectives - winning the English league and the Champions League.

"Finding these objectives difficult, I chose not to accept."

Tottenham reached the Champions League final last season but lost 2-0 to Liverpool. They last won the English league title in the 1960-61 season.

Negotiating a deal for Fernandes in January is unlikely to prove any easier, with Sporting preparing to offer their 24-year-old captain a new contract.

"Bruno Fernandes proved to be not only a great player but a great professional and captain," Varandas said.

"The day I turned down the Tottenham proposal, I came to the club and talked to him, told him why I declined and why he would stay here until the end of the transfer window and he understood perfectly.

"In addition, he also realised that the value they gave to Sporting CP was not fair.

"His contract will be reviewed, not because it was planned, but because he deserves it."

Related items

  • Rumour Has It: Man City & United want Inter's Martinez as Atletico eye Rakitic Rumour Has It: Man City & United want Inter's Martinez as Atletico eye Rakitic
  • BB Coke stun Manchester High to advance to Ben Francis Cup final BB Coke stun Manchester High to advance to Ben Francis Cup final

    BB Coke advanced to the final of the ISSA Ben Francis Cup on Thursday after coming from behind to defeat Manchester High School at the Juici Field in Clarendon, Jamaica.

  • Deschamps sees Euro 2020 qualification as no excuse for France display Deschamps sees Euro 2020 qualification as no excuse for France display

    Didier Deschamps was not impressed with France's first-half performance against Moldova, insisting Euro 2020 qualification did not justify a below-par showing in their 2-1 win.

    France booked their place at next year's finals before playing on Thursday, as Turkey drew at home to Iceland to ensure the visitors could not catch either their opponents or the world champions.

    But rather than celebrate in style, France started sloppily in a Group H qualifier packed with decisive errors in Paris.

    Clement Lenglet handed Moldova's Vadim Rata the opener, but Raphael Varane profited from Alexei Koselev's mistake, before Olivier Giroud sealed victory from the penalty spot.

    With France still battling for seeding in the Euros draw, head coach Deschamps was concerned by the substandard early display.

    "I do not think [qualifying explains a poor performance] and I hope not because it's not enough to be qualified," he said. "The possibility of finishing first remained with a victory.

    "We conceded the goal on an error, but our first half was insufficient. I am not satisfied with the attacking play in the first period.

    "The second was more consistent, even if we lacked efficiency. We had 17 attempts, not always on target. But in the first half, we had too few.

    "There was a tendency to ask for the ball only to feet and not in behind. There was not enough movement and availability. It was too static, there was a lack of mobility."

    Deschamps confirmed he had delivered some home truths at half-time, adding: "I can sometimes be hard, very hard with them

    "There is so much potential in this team that, when I do not see what I want to see, I say it."

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.