Back in April, it was being reported that Bruno Fernandes was a major target for Liverpool this summer. The Portugal international has been in fine form for Sporting Lisbon this season. The former Sampdoria midfielder thrived back in his Portuguese homeland and put in some fine performances that had plenty of teams linked with his signature.
Liverpool, of course, would love to have Fernandes on board. With Fabinho and Naby Keita also arriving it would have been the final step toward revamping their midfield and pushing for silverware next season.
However, his asking price at Sporting was dramatic.
As reported by the Mirror in May the midfielder has a £87 million release clause in his deal at the club. As good as Fernandes is, spending that amount of money on the player would have been an absurd waste of resources from Liverpool.
However, this has just got very interesting.
Fernandes is now one of several Sporting players to have quit the Lisbon club, citing just cause. Following on from their captain and goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s lead, Fernandes and others have resigned from the club after being attacked by fans in a recent training session. The players reportedly do not feel safe at the club want to force an exit – as reported by A Bola.
Whilst Liverpool should not consider paying £87 million for Fernandes, if the talented midfielder is suddenly available for nothing then a deal must be pushed through.
Who knows where this case is heading, with the legality of it all still up in the air.
But it appears Liverpool could still have a great chance of signing the player for much less than the original £87 million asking price.
If that is the case, then the Reds could be on to a bargain.