Gedson Fernandes is preparing to become Tottenham’s first signing of Jose Mourinho era with an 18-month loan deal in a row … and the transition should be easy with the parents of the teenage midfielder who already live in North London!
- Jose Mourinho is destined to sign his first player as manager of Tottenham Hotspur
- An 18-month loan agreement for Gedson Fernandes has been agreed with Benfica
- Spurs therefore have the opportunity to buy but will have to separate with around £ 40 million
- The 21-year-old midfielder was also desired by London rivals West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur is close to confirming Gedson Fernandes as Jose Mourinho’s first signature.
Jorge Mendes was believed to be present at their replay of the English Cup third round with Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening, with the Portuguese intermediary working on the deal with Fernandes.
The 21-year-old midfielder was also desired by West Ham United, but is expected to join Benfica’s Tottenham on an 18-month loan with a purchase option.
Tottenham is close to confirming Gedson Fernandes as Jose Mourinho’s first signing
The Hammers even came to an agreement with Benfica, but the player preferred Spurs.
Mourinho, represented by Mendes, has made strengthening his midfield a priority with Moussa Sissoko who will be sidelined until April and Fernandes represents a relatively risk-free solution.
The initial loan will cost Tottenham about £ 4 million, while the price to make it permanent will bring them back to £ 40 million.
Portugal’s youth star will cost Tottenham about £ 4 million for the loan’s initial move
Mourinho is preparing to put up fresh faces to guide Spurs in a new direction
Mourinho hopes that the transition will be relatively easy for the young Portuguese talent, whose parents already live in North London.
One concern is his lack of playing time this season. The reason Benfica let Fernandes go is because he fell out of favor with head coach Bruno Lage.
Other activities that could be conducted in this window is the sale of Christian Eriksen.
The Danish director started against Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening, but those close to the player say he was frustrated with the way fans treated him.
Spurs are still preparing for the departure of director Christian Eriksen
Eriksen, who joined Tottenham from Ajax in 2013 for just £ 11 million, was laughed at when he was replaced during the Premier League defeat by Liverpool over the weekend.
Mourinho recognized the 27-year-old’s poor form on Monday at his FA Cup press conference.
Despite this, boss Spurs opted to start Eriksen against the visitors of the championship. The Serie A team of Inter is the head of the family to sign this month.