Chelsea handed chance to sign £27m-rated playmaker but face tough competition

Liga NOS side Sporting CP may be forced to part ways with their biggest star, Portuguese attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes, at the conclusion of the season, a Portuguese tabloid daily newspaper Correio da Manha reports.

Currently dealing with financial problems, the Lions could take advantage of the star’s form and make some huge cash with the reported Chelsea target, in spite of his importance at the club, being the leader of the pitch.

Bruno is currently protected by a €100 million release (buy-out/exit) clause, and the fee is being used by the Lisbon-based outfit as a reference for transfer talks.

Correio da Manha names two sides who have shown interest for the midfielder so far: Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Liverpool and Serie A heavyweights AC Milan. However, both sides take those figures as overvalued.

That’s why Sporting CP’s board will have to decrease the asking price and are expected to listen to official offers of around €80 million. Jurgen Klopp’s men may still expect the amount of money to come down a little.

This season, across all competitions (Liga NOS, Europa League, Taca de Portugal Placard, Allianz Cup), Bruno Fernandes has netted 21 goals and provided 11 assists in 38 appearances so far.

Impressive stats for a midfielder, and it will be no surprise when elite clubs make moves to secure his signature in the summer transfer window.

Now it looks like Sporting CP are prepared for that, although the newspaper doesn’t make it clear how far the Reds and AC Milan interest has gone for now.