Sporting could still go for Bryan Oviedo this week, according to A Bola.
The Portuguese club are keen on getting the left-back on a one-year loan with an option to buy, but they need to sort other issues in the squad first.
Sporting want to sell Jefferson, who isn’t part of the club’s plans, for at least €5m before signing another player for the position.
They know the task is hard, so maybe they’ll even accept a loan with an option to buy as well.
Then the club will have their own green light to advance for Oviedo, who is highly rated in Lisbon.
A Bola can’t give any info on Everton’s response to the approach, but they seem pretty confident that Sporting are capable of reaching a deal.
It may be best they speak to Everton soon, before they start counting on a player who may not be theirs.