More pressure is being turned up on Andrea Pirlo at Juventus.

Pirlo's future is in doubt at Juve with his contract due to expire in June and no approach from management about opening talks over a new deal.

And it's emerged this morning that Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici is showing serious interest in Porto midfielder Fernando as a potential replacement.

Paratici made a scouting check on Fernando last week in Champions League action against Austria Vienna.