Sunday, December 25, 2011

Liverpool Poised To Raid FC Porto For Fernando

Liverpool look poised to open talks with FC Porto for the transfer of defensive midfielder Fernando.

The Reds recently lost Lucas to injury, depriving boss Kenny Dalglish of his favoured holding midfielder.

But Dalglish is looking beyond Lucas’ spell on the sidelines – Fernando’s potential presence at Anfield would allow the Scot to play two midfield enforcers when required, but at other times the option to play Lucas in a more advanced role would be explored.

Fernando is a non-nonsense holding player who has impressed at Porto for his ability to win the ball and quickly supply it to team-mates – vital in the transition phases of games.

The Brazilian is highly rated by the Portuguese champions, who would not be keen to lose his services, especially in mid-season.

Fernando is under contract with Porto until 2014 and is believed to have a buyout clause of around €30M.

Liverpool would look to pay less than the Brazilian’s release fee however and have recent experience of negotiation with the notoriously hard to deal with Portuguese champions, having snapped up Raul Meireles last summer.

Dalglish has money to spend in the January transfer window, but is also aiming to add another attacking string to his side’s bow, as well as bolstering the midfield with Fernando.

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