Bruno Fernandes (POR), JUN 5, 2019 - Football / Soccer : UEFA Nations League Semi-finals match between Portugal 3-1 Switzerland at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Mutsu Kawamori/AFLO)

Liverpool journalist downplays Bruno Fernandes interest after £40m bid claims

Liverpool reportedly have no plans to make a move for Bruno Fernandes, despite claims from Portugal of the Reds tabling a £40 million bid.

The Reds have been linked with Sporting CP’s Fernandes for a large part of what has been a quiet opening to the transfer window.

Liverpool are not expected to ring in the changes over the summer as they instead look to add the fringes and fill the voids left by departing players.

But after having stepped away from a move for Nabil Fekir last season there remains a desire to see more goals from midfield brought into the team, and as a result, Fernandes has been linked.

The 24-year-old found the net 32 times in 53 games last season and set up another 18, ensuring he would prove to be a quality addition to the side.

Earlier this week Liverpool were reported to have made a formal bid in the region of £40 million for his services.

The fee would prove to be a bargain for a player of his quality, but the Evening Standard‘s David Lynch has added doubt to the reliability of those claims as he reports Liverpool “have no plans” to sign Fernandes this summer.

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - Thursday, July 19, 2018: Liverpool's Rafael Camacho during a preseason friendly match between Blackburn Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Ewood Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lynch’s claims come following fresh reports from Portuguese outlet Correio de Manha that state the president of Sporting is looking to “accelerate” Fernandes’ sale.

The Portuguese side are said to be holding out for a fee of €70 million, and Liverpool could look to use their interest in Rafa Camacho as a makeweight to move the transfer along.

Sporting are eager to reunite with Camacho after he left their youth setup over six years ago as he continues to rebuff a contract extension at Anfield.

And if discussions are taking place between the two clubs over Camacho then it suggests the Reds would hold an advantage in the race for the midfielder if their interest is in fact legitimate.

However, the contrasting reports could imply that Liverpool are being used as a stalking horse to drive the price up for the likes of Tottenham, Inter Milan, Man United and Paris Saint-Germain.