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Spurs open talks with Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes

Tottenham have reportedly opened talks with Sporting Club over a deal for Bruno Fernandes.

Fernandes has attracted interest from across Europe after a prolific season in the Portuguese capital, the midfielder scoring 32 goals in all competitions for the Lisbon side last season.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old throughout the summer, however Sky Sports are now reporting that Spurs have opened talks over a proposed deal.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side had been interested in a deal for Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso, but with the Spanish side refusing to drop their £55m valuation of the Argentine, the Champions League finalists could turn to Fernandes as an alternative.

Spurs are desperate to add to their creative midfield options as doubts continue to surround the future of Christian Eriksen, who has entered the final year of his contract in North London.

Mauricio Pochettino hinted earlier this week that he was unhappy with the club’s transfer activity, admitting he is ‘not in charge’ of Spurs’ transfer dealings.

Should Fernandes sign, he would become the club’s third addition of the summer transfer window. Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has arrived in a club-record £55m deal, whilst teenage winger Jack Clarke has also signed from Leeds before being loaned back to the Championship club ahead of the new season.

Manchester United also remain interested in a deal for Fernandes, though their priority before the August 8 deadline is thought to be concluding a deal for Leicester defender Harry Maguire.

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