Portuguese giants warn English sides that their players will not come cheap.
Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon have told Premier League clubs that they will only consider offers that consist of ‘ridiculous’ money if they want to land their players during the January transfer window, the Express reports.
Sporting have a well deserved reputation for developing a number of top quality players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Real Madrid megastar being the standard bearer.
However, the current crop have been making waves of their own lately, and the likes of Diego Capel, Rui Patricio and William Carvalho have all attracted interest from English clubs.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal have all been linked with the club’s prized assets at one point or another and club president Bruno de Carvalho has sought to issue a hands off warning to his English counterparts as the club look to maintain their challenge for their first Portuguese title since 2002.
“The club has decided that there will be no sales in January,” he said.
“The club is leading the division for the first time in nine years and we are determined to fight for the title.
“Only if a ridiculous offer is put in for a player will it be studied.”
However, de Carvalho also ruled out any new arrivals during the transfer window by saying: “There will not be any entry of players. We have a group that are true men and true warriors and who are honouring the shirt.
“There is a great deal of confidence in Leonardo Jardim and his technical team and the trust they have in every player in the squad.
“We have a clearly defined project and are extremely pleased with these players.”
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