Manchester United and Liverpool have been told they must pay full whack for Sporting Lisbon star Pedro Goncalves.
Both Premier League outfits have been linked with a move for the 22-year-old who has been impressing in Portugal's top flight.
But it appears nothing less than the midfielder's £53m release clause will do.
According to Portuguese outfit Corriere da Manha, Goncalves is in no rush to leave – and Sporting are in no rush to sell either, unless the fee was right.
"The player has every interest in staying at Sporting to be able to grow”, a source told the newspaper.
“But, of course, if someone were to hit the release clause…”
Goncalves' agent spoke out last month, also pouring cold water on talk of an imminent move.
“At the moment there is nothing concrete and, even if there was, it wouldn’t be the best moment for Pedro Gonçalves and much less for Sporting,” he told TSF.
“There is no interest on our part in this transfer market, nor are Sporting interested in losing Pedro. Therefore, any business is out of the question.”
Goncalves’ contract still runs until 2025, meaning Sporting are in a strong position and are unlikely to be rushed into selling just yet.
To add, Sporting fans are desperate to see their star man stay, given that he only signed in the most recent summer window.
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One even went so far as to beg Manchester United via social media to look elsewhere, claiming they’ve already done enough damage to Sporting by signing Bruno Fernandes last season.
"Guys, seriously, no. Just no. Please let us be. You already have Bruno," posted the fan.
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