€22m striker responds to United interest


Sporting CP striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is flattered by reports linking him with a move to Manchester United, but insists he is happy in Lisbon.

The Dutch striker joined Sporting in the summer from Utrecht and has found the net nine times in 14 appearances for his Portuguese employers.

This potent form in front of goal appears to have caught the attention of the Old Trafford hierarchy, and United No.2 Mike Phelan has admitted the 22-year-old is on the club's radar.

Van Wolfswinkel, though, does not envisage leaving the Estádio José Alvalade any time soon.

"It is good that my name was linked to big clubs such as Manchester United and others in England, but I am really content and happy at Sporting," Van Wolfswinkel told Dutch radio station NOS.

"Things are excellent in every sense. I play for a good club and I am scoring goals because I am taking this satisfaction on to the pitch."

Along with United, Chelsea are also keeping tabs on van Wolfswinkel, according to his agent.

But, says Louis Laros, he does not predict his client will be sold by Lisbon - especially not in January.

"Chelsea and Manchester United have watched Ricky, like other young footballers in Europe, but I do not expect a possible deal in the January market," Laros told the Portuguese media.

"Nobody has spoken to me directly and Sporting are not interested in a deal at the moment.

"However, in the world of football, it is impossible to say never about a sale."

According to skysports.com, van Wolfswinkel has a buyout clause of €22 million written into his contract - four times what Sporting paid to sign him in June.

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