Deadline Day is about as quiet as expected for Tottenham Hotspur, given that we’ve already heard from Spurs beat writers that no major deals are expected.
Gedson Fernandes, however, seems to be on his way out of London. Having played only 153 minutes for Spurs this season, it seems Benfica are ready to move him on to another loan. Turkish outlet Sabah (via Sport Witness) is stating that domestic giant Galatasaray are taking him on an 18-month deal, though nobody is certain if it’s a loan or sale. The odd part comes with this news, though:
Gedson Fernandes move to Galatasaray was in doubt when the player tested positive for COVID-19 however, the Turkish club held a 'crisis meeting' with Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, and an air ambulance was allocated by the ministry. (Source: @Sport_Witness) #DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com/i3EC3awAcw— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) February 1, 2021
First off, if the news is true that Gedson has tested positive, we wish him a speedy recovery back to 100% health.
For those who aren’t familiar with them, air ambulances are exactly what they sound like: Airplanes designed for medical transport. The article suggests that Gedson has tested positive recently enough that he shouldn’t be allowed to travel, so Galatasaray going to the Turkish Health Minister for assistance, while at least safe, is somewhat bizarre given air ambulances are usually reserved for serious and severe situations.
This is your friendly reminder to take this with a truckload of salt because it’s a Turkish outlet, who are well known to make things up and report on them. That being said, Gedson’s loan ending is expected as he’s not contributing to the squad. With a crowded midfield full of players ahead of him, a move to Turkey isn’t the worst thing for him. He’s surplus for Spurs and Benfica either want him to get minutes or want to get paid.
If this reporting is true, expect more on it in the coming hours.