The summer transfer window is still some way off opening but reports in Portugal have confirmed that Crystal Palace scouts were present when Sporting CP travelled to Boavista last weekend.
Whilst Portugal is known across the game as a league which Premier League teams have often raided for cut-price talent, it’s proving extremely difficult to whittle down exactly who the club may have been casting their eye over on this particular occasion.
Sporting‘s main attraction all season long has been the game-changing midfielder Bruno Fernandes but with the 24-year-old Portuguese International already being heavily linked with a summer switch to Manchester United, it seems highly unlikely that the Eagles would even throw their hat into the ring for him. Outside of that, it becomes relatively slim pickings with Dutch striker Bas Dost a potential target given his healthy goal return and reputation but little else in terms of eyebrow raising talents within the Sporting ranks.
There’s even less intrigue in the Boavista side, with all of their top performers this season at the sort of age which would likely see a club like ours pass, given their lack of resale value. At 26, central defender Neris may just about be of interest to us but on paper at least, it doesn’t seem as though his game is one which would leap out to our scouting network as anything out of the ordinary.
It’s always tricky trying to guess who exactly the club are looking at so far in advance of the window opening but for now, we’re extremely unlikely to get any concrete answers.