The Brazilian was thought to be close to a move to Serie A side Napoli, having been linked with a number of Italian sides, but it seems that Liverpool have now also thrown their hat into the ring.

Reports in Portugal suggest that the Reds had scouts present for Porto's match against Benfica on Sunday and the Fernando was the player being monitored.

Fernando's contract is set to expire next summer and there had been speculation that the 26-year-old could be available for a cut-price fee.

But Liverpool will have to act quickly if they are to secure a deal with Fernando's agent, Antonio Araujo, hinting that his client was close to agreeing an extension with Porto.

Araujo said: “We’ve come to an agreement with Porto.