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Sporting Lisbon sign Ryan Gauld

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Sporting Lisbon have confirmed the signing of wonderkid Ryan Gauld from Dundee United for a fee of £3 million, according to The Daily Mirror.

The 18-year-old penned a six-year deal with the Portuguese club after undergoing a medical late on Tuesday evening and agreeing personal terms.

Buyout clause

Sporting Lisbon have also included a massive €60 million buy-out clause in the contract, according to BBC Sport, which speaks volumes about how the club view the talent of the youngster and his potential on the international stage in the years to come.

Both clubs have issued statements regarding the completion of the transfer.

Gauld was a sensation last season for United and a series of impressive performances in the Scottish Premiership saw him feature on the radar of many European heavyweight clubs.

Heavyweight interest

Scouted by European giants like Real Madrid, Arsenal and Roma according to Daily Mail, Gauld drew comparisons with FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi due to their similar style-of-play. This earned him the nickname 'Mini Messi'.

His splendid dribbling skills and exceptional technical ability and awareness was praised by experts and helped United finish fourth in the Premiership and become runners-up in the Scottish Cup.

New Messi?

Similar in physical stature to Messi, Gauld obviously finds the comparisons with the Argentine legend quite laughable but admits he values what is expected of him in future.

The U21 Scottish international now joins the club that produced talents like Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo. Gauld is now also eligible to feature in the Champions League next season under the guidance of Sporting boss Marco Silva.

Shortlisted for PFA Scottish Player of the Year last season, Gauld made 38 appearance for the Tangerines, scoring eight goals.

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