According to The Daily Mirror, both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are tracking Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, with reports suggesting that both clubs had scouts in the stadium to watch his latest performance against Belenenses at the weekend.
Fernandes scored the winner in a dramatic 4 – 3 victory which keeps alive Sporting’s faint hopes of snatching their first Portuguese league title in 16 years, and also provided assists for his team’s first two goals, underpinning his growing reputation as one of the best young players in Europe.
His strike was his 50th goal in all competitions for Sporting this year, having moved back to Portugal club after playing in Italy for several clubs, including Novara, Udinese and Sampdoria. Signed from the Genoese club in June 2017 for €8.5 million (£7.3 million), he has since become a full Portuguese international, making his debut in a friendly win over Saudi Arabia last November.
Sporting do not want to their prized asset, and are likely to insist on his full buy-out clause of £87 million if they are to sell him to the Premier League.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.