Manchester City and Arsenal have sent their scouts to Portugal this weekend, in order to get a first glimpse of young winger Zezinho, who has just broken into the Sporting Lisbon first team.
Zezinho (or Jose Luis Mendes Lopes, to give him his full title) can play on the left or right side of midfield, and his emerging talent has already been recognised by his parent club, who have extended his contract to 2012. However, that may simply be an effort to bump up the asking price, as more and more European heavyweights look set to join the queue of potential suitors.
As well as City and Arsenal, AC Milan have also been keeping a close eye on Zezinho’s progress, yet it is believed that whoever does decide to test Sporting’s resolve will have to put in an offer of at least £20m to stand any chance of landing the talented youngster.
Would such an asking price be too much for Arsene Wenger’s traditionally conservative transfer policy? The price tags which came with Jose Antonio Reyes and Theo Walcott might suggest otherwise…
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