Sporting president Frederico Varandas has finally spoken out about the negotiations to get a fee for players who left the club for free last summer.
At a club event this weekend, the official has confirmed he’s been talking to other clubs so the Lions can recover the many millions they’ve lost with all the contracts cancelled.
“We are looking at several dossiers, which require a lot of work. We have worked hard every day. The dossiers you’re talking about, it’s me who’s dealing with them. They are complicated but will have a solution that will defend Sporting”, Varandas told the Portuguese press (via Record).
“The objective is to guarantee 100 percent the interests of Sporting. I myself am with this folder and Sporting will be 100 percent guaranteed.”
The two main cases Sporting are handling are the ones of Rui Patrício and Gelson Martins.
Record has been reporting that agent Jorge Mendes is responsible for dealing with both, and the negotiations with Wolverhampton Wanderers have been going fine.
The reports haven’t been so sure about how much Wolves will pay Sporting for the goalkeeper, but it’s likely that it will be between €18m and €20m. That’s the same amount the clubs had been negotiating in the summer, before Patrício decided to rescind his contract and join Wolves for free.
The Lions had reported Wolves to FIFA demanding over €50m, but they know it’s unlikely they would win such a case. Now by negotiating a new deal, both clubs can open doors for negotiations in the future.
Now it’s all easier without former president Bruno de Carvalho around.