Liverpool appear to be moving ahead of Tottenham and Manchester United in the bid for Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The Sporting Lisbon star is at the centre of a transfer tug of war between the trio of English clubs after a stunning season in his homeland.
He scored 32 times in 53 appearances and on Sunday lifted the inaugural Nations League after victory over the Netherlands in Porto.
His future appears set to be in England, and Liverpool could be the most likely destination, according to reports in Portugal.
Tottenham are believed to be holding off entering a bidding race with the future of Christian Eriksen unresolved, claim Correio de Manha.
They are also looking at the possibility of Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso.
Liverpool could make the most of the indecision in north London, with Fernandes an admirer of the style of play under Jürgen Klopp, the Portuguese outlet says.
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