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Sporting Lisbon change their story

williamPortuguese website O Jogo claims that Sporting Lisbon never received a bid equalling or in excess of their valuation of William Carvalho – which seems in direct contradiction to comments made by Bruno de Carvalho and his communication director last week.

The report says the president of Sporting, Bruno de Carvalho, called William Carvalho following the collapse of the transfer to West Ham.

The President confirmed that Adrien Silva was leaving for Leicester and sought to motivate the midfielder by explaining the problems that had involved the long negotiation process between the two clubs leaving the door open for a future transfer for Carvalho in the next transfer window.

WilliamWithout promises of an exit, Bruno de Carvalho told the Portuguese international that a bid did not arrive in his hands that reached the values desired by Sporting Lisbon, or something close to 45 million euros (a valuation corresponding to the exit clause that the player has in his employment contract with Sporting). Bruno de Carvalho recalled Adrien’s case, pointing to him as an example to follow. The president appealed to the concentration and delivery of the midfielder during the current season, which will end with the World Cup in Russia, which Portugal are by no means certain to qualify for, stressing that, like Adrien, the next season may bring you the desired opportunity for your career.

William Carvalho asked to leave Sporting, like Adrien. The report says there was still hope that the negotiations between West Ham and Sporting would be resumed in the dying days of the transfer window. The paper claim West Ham offered 32 million euros plus 5 million euros for goals and even proposed to add 5 million euro per bonus to the initial offer.

However, they say the form of payment and the costs associated with the transaction prevented the transfer. Bruno de Carvalho wanted to receive 20 million euros immediately and the remainder at the beginning of January, which were conditions different from those presented by West Ham, who proposed to settle the transfer over three years. Monaco still came on the scene, in a moment of negotiating impasse between the Hammers and Sporting, however, in the end they decided they had no need to buy another midfielder.

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10 comments on “Sporting Lisbon change their story

  1. Still doesn’t explain how we said they accepted our offer.

  2. Sounds like a lie to me, same as Sullivan’s story, why didn’t he sign him when he could ?

    • According to what I heard from a friend in Portugal, Carvalho did not sign for us because he did not really fancy coming to us. On top of that, his club wanted to press the (money) lemon as hard as possible. Ultimately, the club’s president told Carvalho that if he does well in European competitions, he could be sold for much more money (in January r in the summer), which seemed to make Carvalho happy. It all comes down to money doesn’t it ?
      And we were played by them, because they were looking for a better offer than ours, using us as a teaser…

      • I heard a slightly different version with almost the same words Dunlop but it was that the pormise was made to Carvalho that if he played well last season he would be allowed a move to Europe this season both he and Adrien Silva were made the same promise.

        • would be allowed to move to a different more competitive league that should have said not move to Europe which of course he is already in…

  3. But isn’t he out of contract next summer, meaning his value is only going to reduce? Big fat signing on fee for the player but don’t follow the logic, and don’t believe he didn’t fancy us either. This deal collapsed because the board didn’t want to back the manager to the tune of £35m.

  4. We dont know the real story so apportioning blame depending on your view of the board is pointless.

    • Some people don’t let small details, like the facts, get in the way of apportioning blame!

      • I make you right there IS but eh if we didnt have opinion the comments section would be empty.Opinion based on fact or evidence is useful though.

  5. Mr Carvalho must already realise that “His” club have reputation for being difficult to negotiate with,probably cos he moves the goalposts and now he picks up a reputation as a liar.When you’re one of those you have to have a good memory.Lastly why on earth would he want to keep a player who doesn’t want to be there.Imagine Mourinho,Guardiola,Conte and Weger doing that (SAnchez excepted).

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