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Sporting eye Mendes deal

5 January 2010 21:29

(GSM) - Portuguese power house Sporting Lisbon are looking to sell Miguel Veloso after it emerged they are on the verge on signing Pedro Mendes.

Sporting are reported to be close to agreeing a £1.5million deal for the Rangers midfielder, who is one of the highest earners at the Glasgow club.

And Rangers who have a crippling financial problem, parting ways with Mendes looks to be likely.

Reports in Portugal claim a deal in principle is already agreed and now the player is ready to open talks with the Jose Alvalade club.

The news of a possible deal for Mendes comes after fresh reports over Veloso's future emerged.

Veloso's future has long been subject to speculation with Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City all said to be keen.

Barcelona were also again linked over the weekend, but the most concrete recent interest appears to have come from Serie A with Fiorentina confirming they would like him.

"We like the player, he made a good impression on us when we faced Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League and we had already followed him in the past," said Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino.

"He is a player within our reach, but the problem is that Miguel Veloso wants a starting spot and we cannot guarantee that."

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