Former Coventry City Striker Linked With Premier League Giants

Sporting Lisbon have named their price for in-form striker Viktor Gyokeres amid interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, according to a Mail Online report.

The former Coventry City man has been in scintillating form since his move to the Portuguese giants, finding the net 36 times in all competitions.

Gyokeres also scored for Sweden during the international break, his sixth goal in 20 caps. The Lisbon giants have decided to cash in on the goalscorer they paid the Sky Blues a reported £20 million for.

The report claims Arsenal have Gyokeres on a 10-man shortlist as they look to sign a big striker while Chelsea has now watched the player on three occasions.

The London giants were first credited with interest at the back end of 2023 and have been joined on the list of interested parties by seven-time European champion AC Milan are also credited with an interest.

This interest has led Sporting to set an asking price of £68.5 million for the former Brighton and Hove Albion striker. Coventry are, according to the report, set to cash in once again on a striker they paid the Seagulls around £1 million for thanks to a 15% sell-on clause.

The striker is relaxed about his future, telling Swedish media outlet Fotbollskanalen, “It’s a sign that I’ve performed well. But it’s not something I take too seriously, since it’s just speculation. But of course, it’s fun.”

“We’ll see this summer. It’s not something I know about myself, what will happen. I enjoy Sporting extremely well and feel no stress about the summer coming quickly.”

The Lions currently hold a one-point advantage over rivals Benfica at the top of the Primeira Liga and have a game in hand in their hunt for a 20th Portuguese title.

Writer’s View

Gyokeres hit the ground running in Portugal and has continued his fine form, leading Sporting to the top of the league as the season enters the run-in.

Whether either of the English sides will be happy to meet the asking price is questionable, particularly for Chelsea who look set to miss out on European football for next season.

The Sweden international getting a transfer could be huge for Coventry City who, if the 15% sell-on clause is to be believed, could be in line for a nearly £10 million payday to boost their spending power for next season.


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