The next best thing is one of the most valuable commodities in football. There’s a next Bruno Fernandes currently starring in Portugal and naturally there’s plenty of interest in him. According to Record, Liverpool want to sign Pedro Goncalves but would have to pay his £51.5m release clause.
Liverpool summer targets
The Reds have already completed their first major task of the window: sign a centre back.
Now Liverpool need to bring in a lethal finisher up front and reinforcements for the midfield.
The club is set to lose Gini Wijnaldum over the summer and his absence will be sorely felt.
Having suffered from the decision to not replace Dejan Lovren last term we need to bring in a successor for Gini.
Liverpool want Pedro Goncalves
Which type of successor the club brings in will tell us a lot about our formation next season.
Reports from Portugal could suggest a change in shape.
Record has claimed Liverpool want Pedro Goncalves from Sporting.
The outlet has reported that Manchester United are also interested in the player’s signature.
Given the interest in the player Sporting are said to be working on a new contract, Record believe this means he can only leave if a team activates his €60m (£51.5m) release clause.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool signing Pedro Goncalves would be an exciting move.
It’s easy to see why he’s been compared to Bruno Fernandes, he’s effectively taken the Man United star’s role in the side.
This term he scored 23 and assisted three as his side romped to the title, he would add something different to the side.
His price could be a stumbling block but it could also prove a bargain down the line.