Liverpool chase Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes

Liverpool are looking to make a summer move for Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes as they search for a replacement for the expected departure of Emre Can.

Bruno Fernandes Sporting Lisbon
Bruno Fernandes has a €100m release clause inserted into his Sporting Lisbon contract

Portuguese outlet A Bola is reporting that Liverpool are prepared to pay up €100m for Bruno Fernandes signature as they search for a midfield replacement for Emre Can and an ideal partner for Naby Keita in the centre of the park next season.

With other clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Tottenham also showing an interest in the talented 23-year-old, the Reds are stepping up their interest by opening talks with Sporting officials.

Sporting will not consider any bids below €100m inserted into his release clause meaning the Merseyside club will need to smash the £75m club-record fee they paid for Virgil Van Dijk in January. With money still burning in their pockets from the sale of Phillipe Coutinho and an impressive Champions League run, the fee may not be an issue for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Fernandes started off his career with Serie B side Novara before moving to Udinese in 2013. He made 86 appearances in three seasons at the club before being loaned to Sampdoria in 2016 where he made 35 appearances, scoring 5 goals in one season.

Last summer he moved back to his native homeland when Sporting Lisbon signed him for €8.5m inserting the huge buy-out clause into his contract. Since his arrival in the Portuguese top-flight, he has made 31 appearances, scoring 11 goals.

His form for his club has also earned him a call-up to the Portugal national team where he has won four caps to date. He will be hoping his good form this season will earn him a place in Portugal’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.