Sporting perform U-turn as Arsenal forced to cough up bigger fee for star forward

Jonny Whitfield
Tiago Tomas Sporting v Moreirense November 2020

Sporting CP will forget about their financial pressures and aim to sell Arsenal target Tiago Tomas for the highest possible price, a report has claimed.

Previous speculation has claimed that the Gunners are keen on landing the 18-year-old forward.

Indeed, Arsenal chiefs supposedly see similarities between the teenager and Cristiano Ronaldo. But unlike with Ronaldo, they want to ensure that they do not miss out on the latest Portuguese talent.

Tomas signed a new contract with Sporting in the summer, containing a £52m release clause.

However, The Sun reported that financial pressures could force Sporting to sell for around £20m.

According to O Jogo (via Sport Witness), though, Sporting have changed their minds.

Instead, club chiefs feel insistent that ‘good sales’ are ‘fundamental’ to their finances.

As such, their new ‘strategy’ will be to eke out as much money as they can for Tomas in letting him go.

In any case, Sporting have not shut themselves off from selling the forward. Indeed, their financial situation warrants a sale in itself, so Arsenal will retain confidence.

However, Tomas’ final fee will likely correlate with Sporting’s final league ranking in the Portuguese top flight, as outlined by the club’s boss Ruben Amorim.

Champions League crucial for Tomas, Sporting

The manager told A Bola: “Nobody knew him and this coaching staff bet on him. What Tiago gives us Paulinho is unable to give.

“And that is what is good to have in the squad. We are training to keep the team, with Tabata, Tiago Tomás…

“Then it changes a lot from one moment to another, but the idea is to make a team for many years.

“Entering the Champions League will give us the capacity to hold all the youth, which without the Champions League we won’t be able to.”

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