Sporting Lisbon director Augustus Inacio has been speaking about the prospect of reported Manchester United target William Carvalho leaving the Portuguese club.
In an interview with Sporting TV that was later published by A Bola, Inacio said, “It is not like the old days, when players left Sporting at any price.
“We are not concerned with William Carvalho because we have alternatives. The termination clause ensures a great deal for Sporting.”
That clause is a reported €45million, a fee that is reportedly too high for United, who according to Portuguese newspaper Record are not prepared to go above €30million for the 22-year-old.
But whatever the case, Sporting appear to be happy with whatever talks are going on behind the scenes.
“I am very pleased with the negotiations,” Inacio added. “It is not easy to negotiate for players…but Sporting have a president who knows how to negotiate what is best for the club.”
Whether that means William will leave this summer remains to be seen. He was reportedly scouted by former United boss David Moyes’ staff upwards of 15 times last season. And the reports continue to link Louis van Gaal’s side with a big-money move.
But will it be big enough? It seems the days of signing players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani for relatively cheap from the Portuguese giants is, as Inacio says, a thing of the past.