Manager Carlos Carvalhal could be returning to his home country of Portugal this summer, Sport Witness has learned.

After spending three years in British football, where he managed Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City, the boss is currently in talks to take charge of Lisbon giants Sporting.

The 52-year-old’s priority would be to stay in England, but he’s currently evaluating the chance to return to the Lions, who he managed between 2009 and 2010.

Carvalhal is currently considered in pole position to take the job at Alvalade, which has been vacant since the departure of manager Jorge Jesus at the end of the last season.

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Last week, Sporting had announced Sinisa Mihajlovic as their manager, with the Croatian boss signing a three-year contract with the club.

But with president Bruno de Carvalho being voted out, the current board managed to sack Mihajlovc during his trial period, and now look for a new manager.

Whoever takes charge of Sporting will now have an important job to do. The club have just lost some of their biggest stars, such as Gelson Martins, William Carvalho and Rui Patrício, having all rescinded their contracts with the club after the attacks at Alcochete last month.

So patience will be needed to form a new squad.