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Bruno Fernandes explains why failed 2019 transfer to Tottenham ‘hurt’

Manchester United favourite Bruno Fernandes has admitted how a failed move to Tottenham back in summer 2019 left him feeling bitterly disappointed.

Portuguese star Fernandes was the subject of interest from Spurs in the summer 0f 2019 as Mauricio Pochettino pushed to get a deal done.

Spurs ultimately failed to agree a deal with Sporting, as their club president explained how their offer fell short.

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Fernandes eventually secured a £68million move to Manchester United after agreeing a five-and-a-half year deal last month, but not after months of speculation.

United will pay £46.6million up-front, with a further £8.5m dependent on Champions League qualification and appearances by the player. The final bill could rise by a further £12.7million based on a number of further clauses based on Fernandes’ achievements over the long term.

But Fernandes could have been in the white of Spurs had Sporting reduced their asking price and accepted Tottenham’s approach for the midfielder last summer.

Coming clean on the break down of talks, Fernandes admits it made him feel sad when the deal collapsed.

“I was close to Tottenham. In the summer I was closer to Tottenham than Manchester,” he told the Official Manchester United Podcast.

“Sporting thought at that moment the proposal was not good enough, they thought they deserved more for a player like me. They wanted more money. I was not mad, I was sad.



“I thought dream of coming to the Premier League was not happening. At the time, the dream to come to the Premier League, to a club like Tottenham was an amazing proposal.

“But everything has a purpose. Maybe at that time, I didn’t go to Tottenham because something special was coming.

“Waiting worked better because I got to put two dreams together – to play in the Premier League and for Manchester United.”


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Fernandes wants to like Scholes

Spurs’ loss has very much been United’s gain.

He was the driving force behind United’s third-placed finish last season with eight goals and seven assists in 14 Premier League games.

This time around, Fernandes has seven goals and four assists from 11 appearances so far.

Now the midfielder has admitted he’s strongly influenced by the achievements of legendary star Paul Scholes.


The 26-year-old, speaking to The Official Manchester United Podcast, has said he often watches old videos of Scholes in action.

“Maybe I’m closer to Paul Scholes than the rest of them.

“Scholes was a guy who likes to be in the box, who likes to give an assist, who likes to score a lot of goals,” said Fernandes, who says he started out as a central defender.

“I remember when we were about to play Club Brugge last season, and I was in the dining room with Fred. On the television they were playing all Paul Scholes’ goals in a Manchester United shirt.

“We had eaten, but we just stayed there to watch all of those goals of his. It was funny because I was talking to Fred. I said to him, ‘You see what Paul Scholes is doing? You need to be closer to the goal, because if not, you will never score!’

“And then Fred, in that game, he scored twice! I appreciate Scholes a lot.

“After watching a video of Paul Scholes, I knew he was a player who scored a lot of goals. I think Scholes was one of the best midfielders in the world.”


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