Sporting CP are reportedly starting to work on Sebastian Coates’ transfer from Sunderland.

The Portuguese club have a €5m buying option over the player until the end of the season, and according to O Jogo, the decision has already been made.

CapturarThey’re now learning about payment deadlines to the Black Cats and will start to negotiate a new contract for the defender.

The situation is now much clearer than during the summer transfer window, when Sporting had the chance to use the buying option or to extend the loan for a year.

Starting nine games this season, Coates has become a very important man for the Lions, who didn’t need to think too much before taking the decision.

The defender reportedly makes €200k gross per month at the Alvalade, plus performance bonuses. And despite these figures being considered high for the club, they’re willing to make this sacrifice to keep such a vital player.

The change of scenery has done Coates the world of good and whilst Sporting will likely try and leave any payments until the last minute, they’re determined to keep the player.