The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have become accustomed to seeing their club lose out on major targets, so we behind the bar have forgiven them for becoming a tad cynical.
Still, even the most world weary of them saw their ears prick up following reports emanating out of Portugal.
Six goals and a further 11 assists have made the Portuguese international one of the hottest properties outside of the traditional big five European league this season.
Super agent Jorge Mendes even described him as the best player in the Portuguese league.
Now, the player’s father has revealed he will head for crunch talks with Sporting in order to resolve his future.
‘I’m in Luanda and I’ll be back on Thursday, then we’ll talk. Joao has offers but he can stay as well,’ he said.
‘If he leaves Sporting, his preference is England.’
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