Prem trio eye £16m Samba star

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Lazio are ready to cash in on Brazilian midfielder Hernanes amid strong interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, reports the Daily Mail.

The 26-year-old has impressed since moving to Serie A from Sao Paulo in an £11.2million deal two years ago, sparking attention from a trio of Premier League clubs.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his midfield ranks at the Emirates Stadium in June, but will face competition from the club's north London rivals for the player's signature.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has also shown an interest in Hernanes, who has in the past been compared to former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

Lazio may look to use the talented playmaker as a bargaining tool to engineer a potential deal for one of White Hart Lane's existing Brazilian star's Sandro.

Hernanes has scored eight goals in 29 Serie A appearances this season, but has grown frustrated having been substituted in 20 of the 26 games he has started in 2011-12.

The South American - who can also be deployed as a box-to-box midfielder - has also been watched by scouts from Anfield, as Reds boss Kenny Dalglish looks to continue his overhaul of the Liverpool squad when the transfer window reopens.

Valued at around £16million, Hernanes' only downfall at Stadio Olimpico is the fact he is similar in playing style to Lazio's in-form Italian international Stefano Mauri.

Ultimately, Serie A's loss could be the Premier League's gain.

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