Tottenham Hotspur were very much dragged back into the Bruno Fernandes story on Thursday and more so than ever before.

Indeed, the latest claims from Portugal about Spurs interest have surpassed anything written there about Manchester United over the past few months.

Tottenham were said to have sent at least one official to Lisbon to negotiate the player’s signing. The reports were originally carried by RTP, which was significant. 

RTP are Portugal’s equivalent of the BBC and certainly not one to indulge in transfer rumours.

Those claims were then backed up around Portugal before it was later revealed Tottenham’s Thursday meeting didn’t go too well. They made an offer too far below Sporting’s €70m asking price and were sent away, before it was later suggested another meeting could be held on Friday.

On Thursday evening, Sporting manager Marcel Keizer was asked if Bruno will still be playing in the Supertaca against bitter rivals Benfica on Sunday.

Up until now this had seemed pretty sure, but he put a little doubt on the situation.

Record quote him as saying: “I can’t promise anything. I believe he’ll play, but we can never be 100 percent right. It’s not me who decides that at Sporting. This is football, the window is open and when the window is open it’s never very good for coaches.”