Sporting CP are really not in a hurry to sign Sebastian Coates from Sunderland on a permanent deal. Portuguese newspapers frequently say the club would be ready to pay for the buying option clause, but there’s always some reason to delay this transfer a little more.
Club president Bruno de Carvalho has given a huge interview to Record, which has been divided across several editions of the newspaper.
Speaking of signings, especially about the Sunderland owned defender, Carvalho said: “There’s a buying clause of €5m. It’s a matter of time until Coates becomes a Sporting player for good. There are no doubts.”
The local media were always very sure that Sporting would not let this opportunity go.
In today’s edition, newspaper O Jogo also claims that the club will look for more deals like this in the future, since it proved itself to be a good way to land a good player for a reasonable price.
Coates was loaned from Sunderland to Sporting in January 2016.
With a contract at the Portuguese club until next summer, they can activate the buying clause to have him permanently whenever they want to.
The player conquered a place in the starting team since his first appearances for the club, so there’s no reason why the Lions won’t sign him up.
There’s been interest from elsewhere, which should probably be encouraging Sporting to get a move on. They have a fee set with Sunderland but Coates could always get his head turned by a better offer from elsewhere.