Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan, with an option to make the deal permanent in June 2021.
Manager Jose Mourinho has won the race to sign his Portuguese compatriot on temporary terms, and Tottenham confirmed the January arrival via their official website on Wednesday morning.
Sky Sports reported Fernandes, 21, completed a medical in north London on Monday and decided to join Spurs over Premier League rivals West Ham United, who were also closely linked with the player.
The youngster has scored three times and recorded seven assists in 59 appearances for Benfica (per Transfermarkt), though he made only three league starts for the club this season following a foot injury in the summer.
Fernandes can play in any midfield position, but featured largely on the right flank this term. It seems unlikely Mourinho views him as a wide player, however, given he already has options in the likes of Heung-min Son, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura.
His signing could also push Christian Eriksen closer to the Tottenham exit. That being said, the Independent’s Miguel Delaney wrote Spurs will consider keeping the Dane until his contract expires in June after Inter Milan were found to be way off meeting his $32.5 million valuation.
Fernandes could make his Tottenham debut when the north Londoners travel to Watford on Saturday, hoping to climb from eighth in the Premier League standings.
It’s understood Spurs paid $5 million (£3.8 million) to loan the player, and The Times reported Spurs can make the deal permanent for another $52 million (£40 million).