Atletico Madrid are stepping up their efforts to sign FC Porto midfielder Fernando, according to A Bola.
Los Colchoneros are a bit short of options in the centre of the park and Diego Simeone is, therefore, set to make a move on the Brazilian.
Atletico Madrid officials have already established initial contacts with the player’s representatives with a view of luring the midfielder to Vicente Calderon in January.
With Fernando’s deal at Estadio do Dragao due to expire at the end of the current campaign, Porto have no choice but to cash in on their prized asset this winter.
Los Colchoneros are likely to face a stiff competition for the Brazilian’s signature given that Inter Milan and few other top clubs are also keen.
Atletico Madrid sit four points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after the Catalans edged out local rivals Espanyol, and they are 3/10 to defeat Athletic Bilbao and close the gap to just one point.