European club in talks with Cardiff City
Ogunmeru Muyiwa Jesu
Sept. 17, 2019
Sporting Lisbon are keen to hold talks about a potential link up with Cardiff City, reports from Malaysian outlet The Sun Daily have claimed.
It is thought that the Portuguese side are particularly keen to work with the Bluebirds’ Malaysian owner Vincent Tan, due to his experience both in the business of football, and his work in the USA, while incorporating the clubs owned by Tan into their worldwide football network in order to improve their development and scouting across the World.
According to reports, Tan has met with Sporting’s CEO Miguel Cal and their Head of International Business Development Nuno Fernandes Cardoso to discuss the potential collaboration.
As well as Cardiff, Tan is also involved with three other clubs around the World, as the businessman and investor currently owns KV Kortrijk and FK Sarajevo, who compete in the Belgian and Bosnian top flights respectively, with the 67-year-old also a co-owner in MLS side Los Angeles FC.
Cardiff have already benefitted from those connections with Tan’s other club’s in the past, having signed striker Kenneth Zohore from Kortrijk in 2016, before selling him to West Brom in the summer transfer window for a reported £8million.
Along with Porto and Benfica, Sporting are considered to be one of the big three sides in Portuguese football, having won 18 league and 19 cup titles at domestic level throughout their history, while also lifting the European Cup Winners Cup in 1964.
This is an interesting one.
If this link-up was to be confirmed, then Sporting would surely become the biggest club that Cardiff will have a direct connection with, in comparison to the other sides Tan is currently involved with.
That is something that could both benefit and hamper Cardiff in the long term.
On the one hand, the quality of player that Cardiff could get the chance to recruit – such as they did with Zohore from Kortrijk – would surely be increased, although you wonder whether Sporting will be expecting to see other players make their way from Wales to Portugal as part of this link-up.
Playing second fiddle to Sporting in that sense is something that Cardiff and their fans are unlikely to want to do, so Tan may well need to tread carefully here.
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