Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to make another move for Sporting Lisbon’s attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes in January – possibly paving the way for Christian Eriksen’s departure.
Spurs were interested in Fernandes back in the summer but a deal couldn’t be agree with Sporting – allegedly because the club didn’t accept Spurs’ offer of £40 million plus another £18 million in performance related ads-ons.
However, with Eriksen seemingly edging towards the exit door – he is reportedly not happy and wants to leave – Spurs are looking to go back in for Fernandes as a direct replacement.
Fernandes has been in sparkling form for Sporting so far this season, with 7 goals and 5 assists from just 10 appearances. This is the sort of player who could fill the void should Eriksen leave.
Sporting want £65 million for the 25-year-old. Whether Spurs’ notoriously hard bargain driver chairman Daniel Levy will pay that much remains to be seen.
But a deal could mean that Eriksen is sold in January – meaning Spurs would at least get some transfer fee for him – with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich said to be interested in a deal.
Tottenham Hotspur are thinking about making another move to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in January and are open to Christian Eriksen moving the other way as part of the deal.
Spurs wanted to sign Dybala in the summer but failed to agree a deal with the Italian champions.
However, Mauricio Pochettino remains interested in his fellow Argentine and could go back for him in January, according to Tuttosport in Italy.
The publication further claims that Spurs could be willing to let 27-year-old Eriksen move the other way.
Eriksen stayed publicly that he was looking for a new challenge in the summer after spending six years in north London. However, despite attracting interest from a number of top European clubs and Manchester United, no deal was forthcoming.
Eriksen is in the final year of his contract and could leave for nothing next summer. With little sign of the Dane signing a new deal – despite Spurs’ best efforts to tempt him – they may decide to cash in on him in January.
However, Spurs could face competition for Dybala. Paris St-Germain have been rumoured to be interested and could also return with a bid for the player who has been unsettled in Turin since the arrival of Christiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United are planning to make a cut-price bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen in January, according to reports.
United were keen on signing him in the summer but a deal never materialised as it was clean that Eriksen was set on a move to Spain.
However, Eriksen’s preferred choice Real Madrid went for other options – such as Eden Hazard from Chelsea – and didn’t firm up their interest in him.
But it is thought that Eriksen was flattered by United’s interest so could be open to talks in the future.
Likewise, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains a fan of the Dane who could provide the creative spark that has often been missing from United recently.
United could make a cut-price offer in January as Eriksen would be entering the final six months of his contract with Spurs. Spurs could then sell or risk losing him for nothing in the summer.
The Sun says United could come back in with a lower bid than the £70 million they were offering in the summer.
Spurs, for their part, still want Eriksen to sign a new deal. He is a vital part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side and they will be loathed to lose him. However, if it becomes clear the 27-year-old wants to leave, they may decide to sell. But whether that would be to a Premier League rival remains to be seen.
It’s the first North London derby of the season, with Tottenham Hotspur making the short trip to The Emirates Stadium to take on old foes Arsenal.
While both sides have made good starts to the new season, all form goes out of the window for this match. Bragging rights are at stake and both sides will be gunning – pardon the pun – for the three points.
The match kicks off at 4pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are. The factz you need to know:
* Arsenal won this fixture 4-2 last season, coming back from 1-2 down. The return ended 1-1. Spurs also beat the Gunners in the Carabao Cup last season.
* This is the 185th North London derby in league and cup matches. Arsenal have won 78 to Spurs’ 58.
* Spurs have a terrible record at Arsenal in the Premier League era. In 27 previous attempts, only on two occasions have the left with all three points.
* Arsenal have started with two wins from three, but in their last 10 PL matches they’ve lost 5 and won 4.
* Spurs’ record isn’t much better – they’ve won 4, lost 4 and drawn 2 in their last 10 PL matches.
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