Liverpool have bid £40m for Bruno Fernandes, according to reports – a potentially brilliant signing that makes little sense.
Correio da Manhã make the claim, saying that while several clubs are interested, the Reds are the only one to bid.
£40m is almost certainly too cheap, admittedly. There’s little expectation that Sporting would sell their 31-goal captain for such an amount, which does make the story a little unbelievable.
But that isn’t to say there’s nothing to it. Fernandes is a fantastic player and one who is versatile enough to play anywhere in midfield.
He’s a fantastic player, capable of playing for anyone, and Liverpool would be foolish not to check things out.
The real problem is that signing him doesn’t make much sense.
Regardless of any versatility, his best position is as a central midfielder – an overstocked position as it is.
Klopp’s midfield options
Jurgen Klopp can currently choose from Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Adam Lallana, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. If he plays 4-2-3-1 you can add Roberto Firmino to that list as a number ten and, arguably, Xherdan Shaqiri, too.
Liverpool, if anything, should be trying to trim their midfield, not add to it with expensive signings.
That’s not to say that all these players are better than Fernandes. We may come to learn that none of them are, in fact. But it does mean that there is little reason to add to it.
The only real reason, honestly, is if Klopp believes wholeheartedly that Fernandes would greatly improve the team. It’s a belief that led him to sign Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, after all. But with Liverpool the current champions of Europe, it’s difficult to see why he’d hold that belief.
The squad clearly works as it is. It makes more sense to focus on areas that need extra players than signing Fernandes. As exciting as it would be.