Liverpool and Tottenham have joined the race to sign Sporting Lisbon captain Bruno Fernandes, according to a report in Portugal.
Fernandes’ agent will jet into England for talks with Manchester United with Man City also linked and A Bola claim United are front runners to sign Fernandes, who scored or assisted 50 goals in 53 appearances last season in the Primeira Liga.
Fernandes played for Portgual in their Nations League semi-final win over Switzerland on Wednesday, and will play the Netherlands in Sunday’s final with United hoping to wrap up a deal after that for between £62million and £72million.
But a rival report in Portugal from Record states that Spurs and Liverpool have now entered the running for the prolific goalscoring midfielder and are ready to hijack any potential transfer to Old Trafford.
Fernandes, 24, who hit 32 goals and 18 assists from midfield name-checked the Champions League winners this week.
“I like Liverpool a lot more [than Man City],” he stated. “It’s a more direct [style of play], more offensive, maybe less organised, but more intense football.”
Tottenham meanwhile could lose playmaker Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid this summer and are ready to pay big to get in a replacement.
Fernandes, a former Udinese and Sampdoria man, signed a new contract until 2023 last summer, which includes a €100m release clause.