After months of rumours regarding Seydou Doumbia’s future at Sporting, it seems the Lisbon side have finally taken a decision regarding the striker.
As reported by newspaper O Jogo today, the Lions are planning to earn some cash in the summer, and it means the Ivorian international should be gone in the next transfer window.
As Doumbia has the biggest salary in the squad, earning €2.1m after tax per season, the club has no other option but to let him go as soon as possible.
That decision should sound like a siren for Premier League clubs, at least if you recall that just in the past month, three sides have been linked to the striker: Everton, Newcastle United and Swansea City.
Everton were the first to be linked. It happened at the start of the season, when Doumbia was still highly rated at Sporting. At that time, it was believed that it would cost £50m to take him from Lisbon, something that even sounds humourous at this stage.
Then Sam Allardyce’s side got another mention this week, this time alongside Newcastle United. Newspaper Jornal de Notícias claimed that both clubs have the player on ‘their radar’, and his certain departure could make things easy for them.
Swansea City were linked just last week, and that was probably the most revealing story of all of them. That’s because newspaper Record claimed that only €7m would be needed to sign the striker, which the welsh club became aware of when making contact.
So even though Doumbia isn’t living the best time of his career, with eight goals and two assists this season, this price still makes him a very attractive target. In case Everton, Newcastle and Swansea all go for him, that would definitely mean that his price would go up, and that’s all that Sporting want right now.