Sporting Lisbon president Frederico Varandas has revealed the club rejected a €65m summer bid from Tottenham for Bruno Fernandes.
The attacking midfielder was linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs throughout the transfer window after a prolific campaign last season, the 24-year-old hitting 32 goals in all competitions for the Portuguese side.
Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City were all linked with a move for the Portugal international, though president Varandas has now revealed that the only serious offer was received was from Premier League rivals Tottenham.
Varandas says Mauricio Pochettino’s side placed a bid worth €65m for the in-demand star, though the offer was rejected due to the ‘difficult’ add-ons, including additional fees for winning the Premier League and Champions League.
“It was ‘impossible’ to retain Bruno Fernandes, but we did it,” Varandas told the official club website.
“We prepared for his sale by putting a fair price on his worth, and we had bids, but only a serious offer from Tottenham, that was 45 million euros plus 20 million in add-ons; winning the Premier League and the Champions League.
“Finding these add-ons difficult, I decided not to accept. ”