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Liverpool are set to table a new bid for Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes, per Correio da Manhã via Sport Witness.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the Portugal international, who enjoyed a spectacular season at the Portuguese club in 2018/19.
He scored 32 goals in all competitions and registered a total of 18 assists.
And the Reds are said to hold an advantage over other clubs – both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked, per the report – with Rafael Camacho a potential option in part exchange.
The report states that Sporting have been trying to sign the 19-year-old for months and that he could now be included in a deal that would see Fernandes move to Anfield.
Liverpool have reportedly tabled a bid worth €45m (£40.3m), with Sporting demanding a figure of €70m (£62.6m).
A new offer, however, could be tabled in the next week, with Camacho likely to be included as part of the bid.
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Camacho is not of much use to Liverpool right now.
He is clearly a talented young player; he’s a 19-year-old right midfielder and has been capped at various youth levels by Portugal.
However, he’s made just two appearances for the Reds, playing a single minute in a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League and the 90 in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolves. In the latter, he was deployed as a right-back.
The teenager is unlikely to make his way into the first-team anytime soon, however, with Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of him in the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.
The option of offering him to Sporting as part of a deal for Fernandes, then, makes all the sense in the world for the Reds as they look to secure their first senior signing of the summer.