Tottenham Hotspur have joined two London rivals in the chase of Benfica whizz-kid Gedson Fernandes, according to the British media
Although Jose Mourinho initially thought about having a quiet January transfer window, he will have to intervene in the transfer market in light of current events.
Moussa Sissoko’s injury has forced Tottenham’s hand, and the decision has fallen on Benfica’s rising star Gedson Fernandes, who has also been linked with a move to West Ham United and Chelsea this January.
Sissoko will spend the next three months on the sidelines, and Spurs are now on the lookout for a new midfielder, preferably the one who can arrive on loan.
Indeed, the Londoners want to take Fernandes on an 18-month loan with an option to make the deal permanent, according to Sky Sports.
[@SkySports] | Tottenham Hotspur have now made an offer to sign Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes on an 18 month loan proposal.— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) January 10, 2020
The midfielder is due in London over the weekend to hold talks with the club with a view to securing a move during this January window.#THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/xj256uFUDs
However, the 21-year-old has a £102m release clause included in his contract with Benfica, which can make Tottenham’s loan prospect quite complicated.
Good news for Spurs is that the Portuguese youngster has tumbled down the pecking order at the Estadio da Luz, with manager Bruno Lage looking to show him the door this winter.
Chelsea’s interest in Fernandes could also be throwing a spanner in the works, with the Blues coming up with an 18-month loan bid and an obligation to buy for £55m if the talented midfielder feature in half the fixtures during the loan spell.
West Ham have also presented their offer to Benfica that includes a loan with an obligation to buy for £33m, although the terms to trigger the clause are much more acceptable to the Primeira Liga outfit.
Now, it’s Tottenham’s turn to try to outplay the competition and give Mourinho a much-needed boost in the midfield by the end of January.