Everton and Newcastle Target Bas Dost Terminates Sporting Lisbon Contract

Bruno de Carvalho has been accused of 'psychological violence'

Bruno de Carvalho has been accused of'psychological violence

Four key players including Bas Dost and William Carvalho have cancelled their Sporting CP contracts following a season of turmoil at the Portuguese club.

Following so numerous club's players indicating their intention to leave, De Carvalho said: "We will resign if the athletes write a letter to Sporting saying, firstly, that if this management quits they will reverse their terminations and play for Sporting".

Patricio wrote a 34-page document describing why he wants to leave, blaming volatile club president Bruno de Carvalho for turning Sporting's fans against the team.

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio and forward Daniel Podence have already left while manager Jorge Jesus has departed and signed a deal with Saudi club Al-Hilal.

The deadline for using this contract termination clause ends next Thursday, when it will be 30 days after the incident in which around 50 radical fans invaded the training complex and attacked several players.

Jurgen Klopp has need of a winger to offer competition and support for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and Martins could land in his lap as an ideal option.

According to Correio da Manha, the player most likely to make this move is Gelson Martins, who reportedly met with officials from Benfica on Friday. Only last summer, Record (h/t Uche Amako of the Daily Express) reported the Reds were willing to spend £43.7 million on his signature.

Alternatively, Sporting could concede their stars are likely to leave regardless and thus cash in for a cut-price fee, or decide to fight to retain their contracts in what could become a messy, drawn-out affair.

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