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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool to Hijack United’s Bruno Fernandes Deal

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Reports in Portugal have Liverpool making a big move for Fernandes, but reports in Portugal tend not to be reliable.

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Bruno Fernandes has been linked with Liverpool off and on over the past few months. Not especially seriously, perhaps, but persistently. More than that, it’s the sort of potential deal that on paper seems as though it could make sense for the Reds.

And today, a report in Portugal’s Record has claimed that Liverpool are set to hijack Manchester United’s planned move for the 24-year-old attacking star who scored 32 goals and 18 assists in 53 total appearances last season for Sporting Lisbon.

Sporting are said to be holding out for around £70M for the 24-year-old who is under contract until 2023 and could convincingly take on any role in the front five for Liverpool, can score with both feet, and has the drive and desire to defend from the front.

Meanwhile, while United are said to have been leading the race to sign him, the suggestion is that the player isn’t entirely convinced by Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s project and would be more tempted by Liverpool, Tottenham, or Manchester City.

Which brings us back around to today and the suggestion that Liverpool are preparing to move and steal him away from United, with Spurs also said to be seriously considering joining the bidding. City interest, for now at least, appears to have faded.

Or at least that’s how it seems based on the chatter out of Portugal. And on that front, it’s always worth noting just how horribly unreliable transfer rumours that come out of Portugal tend to be, and that they rarely—if ever—amount to anything.

All we can say really say about a potential Liverpool hijacking of a supposed United deal is that, on paper, signing Fernandes would make sense. Beyond that, it’s hard to say if there’s any truth to it or if this is simply Sporting trying to drive up his price.