Liverpool are quite keen on making Bruno Fernandes their first summer signing if reports circulating are valid.
According to a report from Italy, Liverpool held closed-door meeting with Sporting Lisbon president Frederico Varandas over a permanent transfer of Fernandes. It is reported that the Reds tabled a deal worth €45m which was promptly rejected by the Portuguese club.
Sporting reportedly want around €70m in exchange for the player and have told Liverpool to up their bid. The Anfield club are also weighing the option of including Rafael Camacho in a player-plus-cash bid for Fernandes.
Camacho has been linked with a move to Sporting and is reported to be closing in on a £5.4 million move away from the club. However, Liverpool are reportedly keen on having 20% sell-on clause in the agreement with the Portuguese giants and that has been the dealbreaker.
Apparently, Sporting want the two deals discussed separately. However, both clubs are eager to have both deals done and over with in coming weeks.
The same report claims that Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and Paris Saint Germain are all interested in Fernandes. However, Liverpool have the leverage as the prolific midfielder favours a move to Anfield and Camacho could be using as the bargaining chip in completing the deal.