It’s difficult to shop in the Primeira Liga. The quality on show isn’t what it once was, the big three – Sporting Lisbon, Benfica and FC Porto – are notoriously difficult to negotiate with, and players tend to have excessive release clauses.
Yet those clubs do have a knack for unearthing gems. Ángel Di María, Radamel Falcao, James Rodríguez, Ederson, Jan Oblak, Alex Sandro and many more all made their way to Europe’s elite clubs via Portugal.
It’s why, despite the high fees and difficult negotiations, clubs can’t resist perusing what is in offer in Portugal. One player who will be catching the eye of plenty of clubs is Sporting captain Bruno Fernandes.