Sporting’s pursuit of Torino defender Lyanco has been getting big attention from the Portuguese press, since this would be an important signing for the Lions.

Newspaper A Bola writes that the club are meeting the player’s agent today, and are set to improve the first bid they made for him, which was €6m.

The outlet also says there’s some competition for his signing, and claim that Leeds United made an approach for the 23-year-old.

But Sporting are said to have an advantage in this race. It’s claimed that Lyanco would rather play in Portugal, for a club who will be playing the European competitions, instead of joining the Whites.

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A Bola says that Sporting’s idea is to offer €7m or €7.5m for the defender. Their first bid was to buy 60% of his rights, and now they’d try to get 70% or 75%.

So it seems the Lions’ plan is to give Torino the possibility of making some profit in case of a future transfer. Perhaps in case Leeds United can make a bigger offer, they could end up getting the preference of both Torino and the player.