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Portuguese club Sporting could lose Gelson Martins, Bruno Fernandes and William Carvalho for free as internal turmoil continues

Sporting CP is a club in peril at the moment. Under the presidency of Bruno de Carvalho, the club is experiencing an extremely tumultuous period typified by the players getting attacked by club’s ultras at their own training ground. That ugly incident has led to several players reconsidering their future with the club. Chief among them is goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

His £15.8 million move to recently promoted Wolves was terminated by president Carvalho. This has led to an open war of words between him and Gestifute, Jorge Mendes’s agency. Consequently, the goalkeeper has made his intention clear of getting his contract terminated. He later added:

“I was the victim of physical and psychological violence, so in order to preserve my personal and professional dignity, I wish to end the contract that ties me to Sporting.”

Now Patricio’s club and national teammates, Gelson Martins, Bruno Fernandes and William Carvalho are looking to follow suit. The trio has submitted due letters to the Portuguese FA and the club. Sporting now faces a serious prospect of losing the core of their team for literally nothing.

Premier League clubs Arsenal, Everton and West Ham are monitoring this situation. The 23-year-old flyer has been a subject of a couple of bids from the Gunners. Unai Emery is keen to add pace and penetration to his squad and sees Martins as the perfect candidate. Meanwhile, William Carvalho interests new Everton manager Marco Silva as well as West Ham. Fernandes, meanwhile, was on the scoresheet as Portugal beat Algeria 3-0 in their last friendly and has been watched by Liverpool for a good part of 12 months.

Author’s Take

Sporting is one of Portugal’s big three alongside Benfica and Porto. Their fall from grace has been as sudden as it has been drastic. No longer producing the players of Cristiano Ronaldo’s ilk, if de Carvalho continues with his tyrannical reign Sporting could be staring down the barrel of bankruptcy very very soon.

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