The agent of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Pedro Goncalves has poured cold water on speculation that the 22-year-old could be on the move during the current transfer window.
Claims in the English press have linked the former Wolves player with a switch to Manchester United, as well as other European clubs, following an excellent start to the season which has seen him score 11 goals.
However, Jorge Pires has dismissed the rumours about a departure in January, with neither the player nor his club entertaining the possibility of a transfer:
“At the moment there is nothing concrete and, even if there was, it wouldn’t be the best moment for Pedro Goncalves and much less for Sporting. 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.”
This backs up reports from Portugal yesterday that Sporting are not open to selling Goncalves at this time. The Portuguese club only own 50% of the midfielder, with the other half currently being owned by previous club Famalicao.
With that being the case, Sporting would not receive the type of fee they would want for the player A team could trigger his €60m (£54m) release clause but that doesn’t appear to be likely following Pires’s comment.