Gedson Fernandes: Tottenham close to 18-month loan deal for Benfica midfielder | Football news
Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes is set to join Tottenham on an 18-month loan deal, having chosen the club over London rivals West Ham.
The 21-year-old, who has two senior caps for Portugal, is expected to travel to London on Monday or Tuesday to finalize the deal.
Benfica have made deals with Tottenham and West Ham, but Fernandes opted to sign for Spurs, who are managed by fellow Portuguese Jose Mourinho.
Terms are being finalized between Tottenham and Benfica, while personal terms between the player and the club are unlikely to be a problem.
Tottenham want to sign a midfielder following the injury of Moussa Sissoko, who has been out for three months after undergoing medial collateral ligament surgery in his right knee.
Chelsea have also been interested in signing Fernandes and have offered an 18-month loan deal with a purchase obligation for £ 55million, provided the player is in at least half of the matches during the period of ready.
West Ham also offered a 1.5-year loan deal, but their purchase obligation stood at £ 33million and the percentage of matches to trigger the clause would be lower than Chelsea’s.
Fernandes’ release clause is £ 102million, but Benfica have admitted they won’t come close to that figure for a player who is not in favor and has fallen out with the head coach Bruno Lage.
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