Sporting Lisbon are reluctant to let captain Bruno Fernandes this summer, and will demand a huge sum for their Portuguese midfielder.
Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have all been linked with the 24-year-old this summer.
Sporting Lisbon president Frederico Varandas seemed calm about rumours linking his star man with a move away.
“It’s obvious that he will be wanted by big clubs. It doesn’t imply that he leaves. It’s also not a drama if he leaves,” Varandas told Sporting TV as quoted by O Jogo.
“If he stays, Sporting have plan A; if he leaves, we have plan B. If in the market they want Bruno Fernandes, it must be a heavy amount.”
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The Reds should not be put off by the rumoured £70m it may cost to sign Fernandes. The midfield must be strengthened this summer with the departure of Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba’s rumoured exit. Fernandes can operate in an advanced midfield for the Reds and add an extra creative dimension to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s attack.