Arsenal has entered the race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso, according to the player’s agent in an ITV report. The Portugal international has attracted interest from a number of top clubs around Europe, in the likes of Manchester United, AC Milan and Juventus.
Veloso’s agent, Paulo Barbosa, said that Arsenal have added their name to that list after contacting him about the 22-year-old midfielder. Barbosa was quoted as saying, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Actually, we did not have normal contact from the Arsenal board, but from a member of the technical staff at the club. At the moment there is not a formal offer yet, but it is possible that will happen soon as Juventus and AC Milan have shown an equal interest in the player.”
A potential stumbling block in the sale of Veloso is the fact he has a contract with Sporting until 2013, although the player claimed earlier this month that he is open to offers to move abroad. However, Barbosa believes Lisbon would be willing to sell one of their most talented youngsters if the price is right.
Reports suggest that the club has set a 30 million euros buy-out clause in Veloso’s contract but has shown a willingness to sell their best young talent following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani to Manchester United in recent seasons.
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