Monday, 18 June, 2018

Sporting CP stars including William Carvalho and Bas Dost cancel contracts

Could Carvalho finally make a move to the Premier League? Image PA Images Could Carvalho finally make a move to the Premier League? Image PA Images
Cassandra Castillo | 12 June, 2018, 14:30

Sporting CP are now in a spot of bother, with a number of first-team players seeking exits following unprecedented attacks from sections of the club's fan-base.

Following the exit of Rui Patricio, as well as head coach Jorge Jesus, the foursome of Dost, Carvalho, Martins and Fernandes chose to go public on Monday, and filed notice with the Portuguese Securities Market Commission that they meant to terminate their contracts, invoking "just cause" after being attacked in their workplace.

Portuguese news outlet Record first reported that William Carvalho, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes had already advanced with Sporting's request for rescission, while Rui Patrício and Daniel Podence were also set to depart the club for free this summer.

Jurgen Klopp has need of a winger to offer competition and support for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and Martins could land in his lap as an ideal option.

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The 23-year-old was one of Sporting's standout performers last season with 13 goals and 13 assists in 52 appearances.

Chelsea wouldn't have been keen to pay the full extent of Fernandes' £87m release clause at Sporting but with the potential of a free transfer presenting itself, a summer move may not be beyond the realms of possibility.

Alternatively, Sporting could concede their stars are likely to leave regardless and thus cash in for a cut-price fee, or decide to fight to retain their contracts in what could become a messy, drawn-out affair.

And Martins' displays in Portugal's top flight has reportedly led to strong interest from Arsenal. Today, some big news on Gelson Martins...

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