Fernando’s current deal with FC Porto expires next summer, which seems to have prompted the reports as his representatives sound out potential destinations for the player should he decide to walk away from the Portuguese giants.
The problem is that according to the main man speaking for him, the Premier League is not his first choice.
“I read in the papers that Inter, Juventus, Napoli and Fiorentina are interested in it. Fernando would be very happy to play in Italy. I can not talk much about it. The market reopened within weeks, we'll see later,” Antonio Araujo told Tuttomercatoweb.
Any of those big and well established Serie A clubs would be able to provide Fernando with the sort of platform he’d be seeking in terms of club stature and the possibility of success.
“It's a situation to analyze. You can leave Portugal in January or at the end of the season. One is the will of Fernando in playing in the Italian Serie,” he added.
The problem for Liverpool and United is that even if they put a very good, fair and impressive offer to the player, they are battling against his reported desire to go and grace Serie A.
A good parallel example is what happened with Gareth Bale last summer; Manchester United submitted a bigger offer for the Welshman than Real Madrid but the player was intent on going to a particular destination.
While it would be a blow for both sides because Fernando is a very good player, they can both cope.
Liverpool have the likes of Lucas, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and others rotating well in a holding role in midfield while Manchester United invested heavily in Marouane Fellaini last summer, a player ideally suited to protecting a defence.
It’s unclear when there is going to be official movement with all three options (leave Porto in January, leave next summer or stay put) still on the table but the Italian clubs appear to have the edge.
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