Manchester United and Liverpool could be set to miss out on January target Fernando, after it emerged that he open to a move to Italy.
According to the Express, the Porto star's agent has claimed that his client would be happy to line-up a move to the Serie A, with some of Italy's biggest clubs chasing his signature.
Both David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers have been keeping tabs on the 26-year-old midfielder with a view to a switch in the winter transfer window, but recent quotes have suggested that he may snub them in favour of other sides.
Fernando's agent said: "I read in the papers that Inter, Juventus, Napoli and Fiorentina are interested.
"Fernando would be very happy to play in Italy. I can not talk much about it.
"The market reopened within weeks, we'll see later.
“It's a situation to analyse. You can leave Portugal in January or at the end of the season. One is the will of Fernando in playing in the Italian Serie.”
Manchester United's need for a new enforcer in the middle of the park has been well-publicised of late, whereas Rodgers is thought to be keen on adding more mettle to his team.
The Brazilian's contract is due to expire at the end of the current season, which could see him available for a cut-price in January.
Where the player himself intends to play his football next season remains open to interpretation, but United will be confident of better fortunes in this window than in the summer, as Moyes has plenty of money to play with.