Mane becomes latest Sporting star wanted by English giants.
A number of top Premier League sides including Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly taking a closer look at Sporting Lisbon winger Carlos Mane, according to Sky Sports.
The 19-year-old finally made his breakthrough into the Sporting starting XI this season and has caught the attention of several of the UK’s top sides thanks to his electric performances so far.
The Portugal under-19 international has been widely considered as one of the country’s brightest talents and Sporting recently sought to offer him fresh terms to tie him down for an extended period, but that has done little to stop widespread interest rise from across Europe.
Reports in Portugal claim Manchester United were impressed by Mane after seeing him bag the winner against Olhanense last weekend.
United have been a consistent presence at Sporting in recent weeks as they keep a close eye on William Carvalho, but Mane is now said to be interesting them just as much.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham have also been linked with him in recent weeks, and now his agents have confirmed there is some significant interest.
“Carlos is concentrating on maintaining a place in the Sporting first team,” Dan Law of Full Contact said.
“2014 has started really well for him, and he has scored three goals so far, but we should not forget he has yet to make more than ten first-team appearances.
“He also enjoys a long-term contract at Sporting, they value him highly and so it is premature to be talking of a move.
“That said, I am aware of a number of clubs with real interest and who are keeping tabs on him, and it has to be said that whilst a move to the Premier League is the ultimate goal for Carlos at some point in the future – just one reason being that he has family in the UK already – some Bundesliga and Serie A clubs might appear to be more advanced in their interest at this stage.”
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