Tottenham are now looking at a possible way to land Bruno Fernandes after their bid for Giovani Lo Celso was rejected,reports in Portugal says.
Mauricio Pochettino is planning to strengthen his squad this summer and had initially identified Real Betis star Lo Celso as his preferred target.
The 23-year-old has impressed for Real Betis netting 16 goals this season and providing six assists in his 45 appearances.
But reports says Spurs bid of £62m made up of £50m plus add-ons was rejected for the playmaker, with the Spanish club reportedly holding out for clubs to match his £88m release clause.
With that fee thought to be more than Tottenham are willing to pay, A Bola reports that the Premier League club are set to switch their focus to Sporting Lisbon midfielder Fernandes.
The Portugal international scored 10 goals and notched 13 assists in 31 league games last season to attract the attention of Europe’s elite.
Manchester United have also been linked with a move for the 24-year-old, but it is claimed that Spurs’ ability to offer Champions League football would make them a preferred destination.
The Red Devils are willing to pay around £70m for the midfielder, but the Portuguese publication suggests that Spurs could complete a deal for around £60m
Pochettino’s desire to find a new midfielder has increased as a result of growing uncertainty over the future of Christian Eriksen.
The 27-year-old is about to enter the final year of his deal in north London and is yet to pen a new contract with Real Madrid linked with a move for the playmaker as the Denmark international admits he could leave this summer to try something new.