Major Man Utd revelation with Bruno Fernandes ‘really angry’ over failed Tottenham transfer

Manchester United superstar Bruno Fernandes has revealed he could have actually played for a Premier League rival after Tottenham tried to sign him in 2019.

Fernandes spent time with Italian clubs Udinese and Sampdoria before joining Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2017. He had a great time in his native Portugal, where he registered 63 goals and 50 assists in 137 games. He helped Sporting once to the Portuguese Cup and twice to the Portuguese Cup.

The attacking midfielder had a particularly impressive 2018-19 season. He has scored 32 goals and 18 assists, 20 of which are in the Primeira Liga.

This put some of Europe’s biggest clubs on edge. They are used to scouring Portugal for top talent – ​​just look at Joao Felix, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva and Rafael Leao.

Tottenham reportedly came for Fernandes’ services in the summer of 2019. They have even made a £58 million offer for him, according to the Evening Standard.

However, this proposal was rejected by Sporting due to the ‘difficult’ structure of the deal.

Fernandes stayed with Sporting until January 2020, when a Manchester United relocation has taken place. The Red Devils, then led by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, initially spent £47 million on Fernandes. However, the deal rose to over £67 million via add-ons.

The 28-year-old has now explained how things could have been very different for him in England, as he wanted to join Spurs before he was aware of United’s interest.

Bruno Fernandes details possible Spurs transfer

During a big new interview with the athleticFernandes said: “Of course I wanted to go to the Premier League. The manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was the one who wanted me in. It was a good offer, but Sporting did their best to keep me.

“The president (Frederico Varandas) spoke to me, but he spoke to me on the wrong day. It was the day after they decided to decline Tottenham’s offer and I was really angry.

“Luckily for me, the manager (Marcel Keizer) was the right person at the right time.”

United fans will be incredibly grateful to Sporting for keeping Fernandes in Portugal for about six months longer, as it allowed him to join their team instead. The star has been a huge hit with supporters since his arrival at Old Trafford.

He was brilliant in his first six months at United and in his first full campaign there in 2020/21.

Stars look back at top form

Fernandes’ goals and assists have slowed down a bit since then. This season, he has one goal and one assist from eight appearances. However, the Portugal international remains an integral part of United’s line-up. And Erik ten Hag gradually gets the best out of him by playing Christian Eriksen just behind, in a deeper role in midfield.

It is interesting to hear that Pochettino is a big fan of Fernandes. They could have formed a great relationship at Spurs if the player had gone to North London. Instead, United benefit from having him in their roster.

Fernandes seems happy at United as they improve under Ten Hag, while also getting to play with his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo.

But the Red Devils have to live up to his ambition if they want to keep Fernandes. He has yet to win a trophy while donning the famous red shirt, something that should change this or next season.

In the meantime, Tuesday Transfer Gossip claims Man Utd have set their sights on a player currently shining for Benfica.

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