Right now, you wouldn’t want to be supporting Sporting Lisbon…
All their best players are terminating their contracts.
Imagine if Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino suddenly just… quit!
Last week, the fans stormed the training ground and injured some players, and now, William Carvlaho, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes are exercising their right to cancel their contracts as a result.
The Echo remind us that Martins in particular was a target last summer, and could very soon be signed for no cash.
The 23-year-old was touted as a big money signing before we bought Mo Salah, but now he’s likely to be available for nothing.
Martins is quick, skilful and would theoretically be an ideal option for the bench – capable of replacing either Mane or Salah on the flanks.
What’s more, we’d probably take Fernandes, too, who would be a nice, creative option for central midfield.
When the rumours of £40m or £50m transfers were circling for these players, we were quite underwhelmed, but if we can take advantage of Sporting’s sorry situation, it’s a no-brainer.
After all, we need dynamic, exciting options off the bench. The Champions League Final proved that.