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Bruno Fernandes reveals Sporting blocked Tottenham move

The Portugal midfielder was keen to join Mauricio Pochettino's side this season after lighting up the Portuguese top flight in 2018-19.

Bruno Fernandes reveals Sporting CP blocked Tottenham move

Bruno Fernandes has revealed he agreed to join Tottenham, only for Sporting CP to block the move.

The Portugal international has previously talked up a move to the Premier League and was also strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United.

He scored 20 goals and supplied 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season and was ready to leave the Lisbon club ahead of the new season.

Sporting president Frederico Varandas warned in July it would cost more than €62million (£56m) to land Fernandes, however, and Tottenham were unable to conclude a deal.

"As you all know, Tottenham made a lot of proposals for me," he told GQ Portugal. "Everything was right with me.

"I never made any big demands, my manager always took care of the financial aspects. 

"It was and is my goal to play in England. Sporting knows everyone knows that and there were indications for things to be done.

"But Sporting understood that the value was not enough and I have to respect the decision."