Tottenham Hotspur are close to securing a deal for Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon but are facing significant difficulties in their attempts to sign either Bruno Fernandes from Sporting or Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis.
Spurs have been courting Sessegnon all summer and the club is confident a deal can be completed before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
On Tuesday both Spurs and Fulham were still working to reach an agreement for the 19-year-old, who is valued by the Championship club at close to £25m.
Tottenham have attempted to sign Sessegnon for less than that valuation plus Josh Onomah, the 22-year-old midfielder who last season played a bit part role while on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.
However, Fulham – while interested in the England Under-21 international – want to keep the two deals separate.
Tottenham face far more of a challenge in landing either Fernandes or Lo Celso, especially given the limited time until Thursday’s transfer deadline.
The Independent revealed last week that Spurs were in advance negotiations with Sporting over Portugal international Fernandes, but there has been no significant progress in talks between the two clubs over the past few days.
Tottenham saw a bid of £50m rejected for the 24-year-old, with Sporting holding out for a fee of £70m for their captain and star player.
Fernandes is determined to move this summer but it remains to be seen whether the two clubs can bridge a gap of £20m in just two days.
Talks with Real Betis over Lo Celso have also cooled.
There were widespread reports in Spain yesterday that Spurs had agreed a deal of £47.8m plus £7.4m in add-ons, but The Independent understands the two clubs remain some way from agreeing a fee.
Any deal for either Fernandes or Lo Celso could now hinge on the future of Christian Eriksen.
The 27-year-old has attracted interested from Manchester United in recent days and Spurs are increasingly open to selling one of their star players, whom they offered a new contract to earlier in the window.
Mauricio Pochettino has serious reservations about keeping a player in the final year of his contract, particularly given his sullen performances in pre-season.
Spurs could therefore decide to move Eriksen on for a significant profit ahead of returning for either Fernandes or Lo Celso.
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