While Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are linked to Sporting midfielder Morten Hjulmand, the Portuguese media today shares some words on the player’s future.

According to Correio da Manhã, Lions manager Ruben Amorim considers the 24-year-old ‘essential’ for the squad and does not accept losing him, having ‘blocked’ the transfer.

The coach reportedly asked Sporting to make an effort and hold him in the squad for another year, despite all the interest he’s been drawing.

The newspaper writes that Manchester United and Tottenham, as well as Barcelona, are in the ‘front line’ to get Hjulmand.

Correio da Manhã highlights the ‘express desire’ the player has to move to the Premier League, and the Red Devils and Spurs could use that to try to convince him.

The good news for Sporting is that he’s protected by an €80m release clause, so there’s a big margin of negotiation in case those clubs show up with their bids.

It’s been a few months since Manchester United and Tottenham started being linked to Hjulmand, and we shall soon see if the Lions’ stance will stop them from placing their offers.