Tottenham Hotspur have sent an emissary to Lisbon so they can negotiate a deal to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting, according to the Portuguese media.

Portugal’s public service broadcaster RTP says the Spurs’ official will negotiate the transfer directly with Lions’ president Frederico Varandas.

It’s still not known how much the Premier League side will offer for the midfielder, and it’s claimed Sporting have already made it known that they aren’t accepting less than €65m.

A few minutes after RTP’s news came out, O Jogo said they’ve managed to confirm the information. Then they add Tottenham recently made a bid of €45m (presumably verbal) via the player’s agent, Miguel Pinho, which was turned down.

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RTP still add that Manchester United have been interested in signing the Sporting captain as well, but the Red Devils have not made a concrete move for the transfer so far.

As we’ve said at Sport Witness a few times, it had always been strange the news about Bruno Fernandes would always wait for the morning newspapers to come out. This time, however, it seems something urgent is finally happening.

It’s worth noting that RTP haven’t really been involved in the saga, and that earlier this week they had direct quotes from Sporting dismissing Italian claims that a move to Manchester United was close.

The Sporting midfielder is conceivably an alternative to Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso for Tottenham.