European giants Sporting Clube de Portugal have turned their attention towards Leeds United’s tricky Colombian attacker Luis Sinisterra, according to reports.
Football Insider revealed last week that Premier League side Brentford were set to join OGC Nice and Feyenoord in the race to sign the 24-year-old who moved to Elland Road for £21 million just last summer.
However, now, Portuguese outlet O Jogo have revealed that Sporting CP have entered the running for Sinisterra and will make a move for the Colombia international should their initial pursuit for Brentford’s Mikkel Damsgaard fail.
The report also claims that Marcus Edwards’ exit to Saudi Arabia is still on the table which would weaken the team’s depth on the flanks, hence why Los Leones are keeping tabs on both Damsgaard and Sinisterra.
Sinisterra is seen as ‘faster and more explosive’ than Damsgaard which may sway Sporting’s recruitment team to lean more towards the former, although the latter could be purchased for cheaper.
The Once Caldas youth product refused to play for Leeds United two weeks ago in an attempt to get a move away from the club. Manager Daniel Farke clarified the situation in his press conference at the time.
The German head coach said [quotes via the Yorkshire Post]:
“With Luis Sinisterra, it’s also a different situation in comparison to Willy Gnonto. There is no exit clause and we have made it quite clear we won’t sell him.
“He had some exit clauses in his contract and was more like some open contractual question marks and legal question marks [about] how this is set up exactly.
“For that, he was not available for the last game and we also decided that until everything is decided from the legal point of view, it’s clear and obvious that he won’t train with the group as in his mind, he cannot control and focus fully on football.”
Farke made it publicly known that Sinisterra was not for sale and would not be leaving and the player has since featured for the Championship outfit but it’s unclear whether this stance will change if the right offer comes in.
Sinisterra was purchased for £21 million and if Sporting were to offer a similar fee, the Peacocks may be tempted to accept the bid before the deadline closes this Friday.