Old news from Portugal. Sporting are ready to buy Sebastian Coates from Sunderland.

Coates has been playing for Sporting since January, when he was sent on loan. They had an option to buy the player for €5m this summer, but chose to extend the deal for one more year instead, which was another option.

At the time, it seemed like an opportunity to leave defer the €5m payment until next year, however, Record says the club have changed their mind.

Coates’ good form at Sporting could continue with success in the Champions League this season. And even having the buying option, the Portuguese club wouldn’t have the resources to compete on personal terms if other sides make approaches.

That would be a good scenario for Sunderland, since Coates’ choice for a big club could mean a higher fee for the Black Cats. However, that’s what Sporting are trying to stop.

Record don’t mention when, but say that the president Bruno de Carvalho is ready to advance with the payment.

It’s the same story from earlier this year. There’s no big trouble, Sporting just need to transfer the money to Sunderland’s account.

We don’t know if it’s the club dragging the decision or if Record keep trying to rush things, we just hope it doesn’t bring the old saga back. Because it was pretty boring.