Jose Mourinho has secured his first signing as Tottenham head coach, with midfielder Gedson Fernandes joining on an initial 18-month loan from Benfica.
The deal includes an option for the Premier League club to make the move permanent for a reported €50 million (£42.8m).
Fernandes, 21, came through Benfica’s famed academy and established himself in the first-team squad in 2018, going on to make 22 Primeira Liga appearances last term.
His form early last season saw Fernandes earn a two Portugal caps, but he fell out of favour at Benfica at the start of last year.
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Only one of his 11 Primeira Liga starts last term came in 2019, while he has also lined up just twice in 2019-20 prior to joining Spurs.
A technically gifted and creative midfielder, Fernandes was also rumoured to have interested West Ham, but Spurs managed to complete his capture to ease their midfield issues.
Moussa Sissoko is facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, Tanguy NDombele has struggled with niggling fitness issues and Christian Eriksen’s form is a cause for concern, with the Dane seemingly set to leave the club before the start of next season.
Fernandes could make his debut at resurgent Watford this Saturday.