Marcus Edwards is the target set by Sporting to attack during this reopening of the transfer market and reigns, in the leonine structure, the optimism that it will be possible, by the end of this month, to reach an agreement that makes it possible to change the 23-year-old English winger from Vitória de Guimarães to Alvalade, thus fulfilling another wish defined long ago by Rúben Amorim.
As A BOLA reported exclusively in its Tuesday edition, Sporting took the first steps in talks with Vitória de Guimarães at the start of this week, taking up a topic that, it should be remembered, has been recurring in recent market windows . Previously, however, Leo’s interest always collided with the intransigence of Guimarães in not negotiating for values below 12 million euros, a bar considered too high by the SAD of the emblem of Alvalade.
This time, however, the lion plays on two boards, believing that both will be in his favor. First, the player’s willingness, already expressed internally in the closest circle, to move to Alvalade, believing that his story in Guimarães is written and that he has real possibilities to rise to a competitive level, after two and a half seasons in the championship. Portuguese, always at the highest level. Second, Vitória’s current financial situation, far from being peaceful.
€8M, bruno gaspar and silver
At the start of the talks between Sporting and Vitória de Guimarães, the Lions were willing to pay 6 million euros to guarantee, from now on, Marcus Edwards. Then, in the course of the negotiations, the administration of SAD suggested that there would be room to improve the offer, in the limit up to 8 million euros. On the side of Vitória, however, the bar insisted on not going down from the round level of 10 million euros, where the lion is not willing to go. The possibility of including Bruno Gaspar’s pass then entered the negotiating table.
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