AC Milan have made initial contact to assess the possibility of signing Everton, Manchester United and Liverpool target Bruno Fernandes ahead of the summer transfer window.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has been in sublime form this season, scoring 28 goals and providing 15 assists for his Sporting Lisbon team-mates in all competitions.
His performances have led to some of the biggest clubs in Europe taking note of his talent and he has been heavily linked with a move away from Portugal in the summer.
Fernandes has attracted major interest from England, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton all linked with being keen to take him to the Premier League.
AC Milan are also considering a move and, according to Italian outlet Calcimercato.it, they have already touched base to assess the possibility of a transfer.
The Rossoneri are working under the cloud of more financial fair play sanctions from UEFA and with Champions League football still not guaranteed, the club are unable to put down definitive plans for the summer.
But Fernandes is on their shortlist of targets and the club are keen to assess whether a deal can be done.
The attacking midfielder has a €100m release clause in his contract, but after last year’s ugly attack on the players from Sporting Lisbon stars, several players worked out an agreement with the club.
The Portuguese giants would have to consider offers to sell Fernandes if they receive an offer in excess of €35m.
Sporting Lisbon are trying to negotiate fresh terms with Fernandes’ representatives to make sure they at least earn €50m when it is time to eventually sell him.