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From Portugal: Manchester City interested in Sporting defender, West Ham & Lazio also keen

Manchester City have expressed an interest in signing Sporting B defender Tiago Djaló who is at the centre of a contract dispute, Portuguese newspaper O JOGO reports.

Djaló, 18, is a centre-back of great promise but his contract stand-off has meant he hasn’t played for Sporting’s under-23 side since December 11th. The club remains willing to negotiate, but interest has arrived from abroad.

According to O JOGO, City, West Ham and Lazio have all expressed an interest in recruiting Djaló, who has represented Portugal in several age groups.

Sporting have offered the talented teen a contract up to 2023, but the problem is not the duration, rather the sums involved – Djaló’s representatives want a much bigger salary than that on offer.

Manchester City, West Ham and Lazio could offer Djaló the sort of wages he wants, particularly since his contract expires in June, making him a cheap acquisition for any successful bidder.

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