Mourinho makes first signing as Tottenham manager

Tottenham have confirmed the arrival of Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes on an initial 18-month loan deal.

Jose Mourinho’s side have an option to make Fernandes’ switch permanent reportedly for as much as £65m in the summer of 2021.

The 21-year-old was heavily linked with a move to West Ham at the start of the month, but the Benfica youngster has turned down the Hammers to join Tottenham.

Fernandes is the first signing made by Mourinho as Tottenham manager and now he is looking to sign at least one striker as cover for Harry Kane.

The England captain is sidelined until April with a hamstring injury and Mourinho believes the club could struggle to make the top four without signing a short-term replacement.

Fernandes, meanwhile, completed his Tottenham medical on Monday and bolsters the club’s midfield options.

With Moussa Sissoko ruled out until April with a knee injury, Mourinho quickly hi-jacked West Ham’s deal for Fernandes.

Mourinho hasn’t decided on his first-choice midfield with neither Harry Winks nor Eric Dier firing on all cylinders and summer signing Tanguy Ndombele unable to stay fit.

Fernandes has had very little playing time for Benfica since breaking into the first team last season, making just 13 league appearances since then.

Tottenham star Eriksen could fill void left by Sneijder’s 2013 Inter exit

At 25 years of age, Wesley Sneijder made the decision to swap Real Madrid for Inter Milan. Then managed by Jose Mourinho, Sneijder was moulded into the perfect, hard working number 10 that the Portuguese manager craves. Acquired for a reported €15m, the low fee was pittance in a summer of high profile transfers. 

Real Madrid spent big to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso in the summer of 2009 and the likes of Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Alvaro Negredo were all moved on to help fund that summer splurge. And, as such, Sneijder was one of the bargain buys of that window, particularly as Inter went on to secure the Champions League and Scudetto that season. 

Having finished fourth in the 2010 Ballon d’Or voting behind Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, it reinforced Sneijder’s impressive impact for Inter and, to an extent, the Italian side failed to properly replace the Dutchman upon his 2013 exit for Galatasaray. The Serie A powerhouse have had their fair share of players attempt to replicate Sneijder’s impact in a number 10 role over the last seven years, including Ever Banega, Radja Nainggolan and Stevan Jovetic, but none were capable of prying apart defences in the same vain as Sneijder, largely due to none a traditional creator in the same mould as the Dutchman.