Liverpool are set to make a swift move for Bruno Fernandes in the summer so as to beat both Tottenham and Chelsea to his signature. The Reds have reportedly open negotiations with Sporting Lisbon over the possibility of luring the Portuguese international to the Anfield stadium by the end of the season.
The reports emanating from Lisbon via TeamTalk suggest that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has advised Liverpool’s hierarchy to release a whopping sum of £88(€100m) for the 23-year-old’s signature.
Fernandes has been in great form in his first season with the Portuguese club, he has been directly involved in 36 goals — 16 goals and 20 assists — in all competitions.
After his impressive goalscoring ratio for Sporting Lisbon, Fernandes was invited to his country’s national team in the recent friendly matches against Egypt and Netherland in March. He would be hoping to feature for Portugal in the fast-approaching World Cup which will be hosted by Russia in 42 days time.
According to TeamTalk, Tottenham are hoping to bring the playermaker to Wembley stadium in the summer as a replacement for Mousa Dembele, who is tipped to be moving out of Mauricio Pochetino’s side by the close of the current campaign.
It is also believed that the outgoing Premier League Champions Chelsea are in contention to sign the playmaker as part of their move to completely reshuffle the team ahead of the upcoming season. It has been reported that former Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater will be leaving Stamford Bridge after an unsuccessful debut season with the Blues, thereby creating a space for Fernades to set in.
With Naby Keita and Bruno Fernandes — if he joins the Reds — at the middle of the pitch, Liverpool would be a hard team to defeat, considering their rich attacking capacities.