It’s with a bit of surprise that the Portuguese press has taken Swansea City’s interest in signing Vincent Aboubakar in January.
It was The Telegraph who broke the news on Thursday, claiming the Premier League side will return to the player after interest in the summer window.
The Portuguese papers didn’t know anything about it, and when covering the report today, all they do is recall he has a €50m release clause.
Aboubakar has recently renewed his contract with Porto, and the deal signed in October commits him to the club until 2021.
Now when Portuguese outlets start mentioning the release clause a lot, that’s because this is the amount that the club will probably push for in case of a sale.
Aboubakar didn’t have a good relationship with the Porto board when returning from his loan in the summer. That’s why he wasn’t afraid to tell he was keen on joining Swansea, with local outlets saying that €10m would be enough to take him.
But things changed a lot. After kissing the badge, signing a new contract, saying he’s not leaving and scoring 17 goals this season, there’s no chance that Aboubakar would move for such a low price now.
That’s why Swansea City should be aware the situation is different, and with Porto leading the Portuguese league, it will be very hard to take him in January.