Record’s first story on Wednesday is a full page report on Eduardo Salvio’s situation at Benfica. The player is said to be closer to a Premier League move, and his future may be decided in the next few hours.
We were expecting big developments when we started reading the story, but there aren’t any. They say the negotiations have been advanced in the past few hours, but can’t reveal with which club.
Sunderland are reportedly the club who are closest to signing the player, but they weren’t the only English pushing, so this is allegedly why Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira had power to negotiate a good fee.
The winger, who would be sold for €25m, would only leave Benfica for a club with a good project and who’d offer him an attractive contract.
By this good project, it means he wants to play the Champions League, or at least, the Europa League.
Sunderland obviously haven’t qualified for any of these competitions, but Record doesn’t mention it, which only makes this story more weirder. Perhaps the big contract would have to be even bigger.
In an interview with Ole, Salvio recently expressed his desire to play in the Premier League. Benfica wanted to sell him for €25m, and suddenly this interest from Sunderland to pay this price showed up.
Record doesn’t make it clear if the Black Cats have already made an official bid or not, as it was only claimed by Diário de Notícias this weekend. These talks with the English side have been reported for over a week now, but it never seems to be really moving on.