Pedro ‘Pote’ Goncalves now has a new release clause in his contract, according to reports. Liverpool supposedly want the player.
Pedro Goncalves, or Pote, was an absolute sensation in the Primeira Liga last season. The Sporting player thrived with his new team, scoring 23 goals to help deliver a first league title in nearly 20 years.
That generated quite a lot of hype around the player and earned him a spot in Portugal’s Euros squad. Even if he was quite inexplicably underused.
Pote then started this season well, too, before picking up an injury. It’s all been enough for Sporting to renew his contract already.
Per A Bola, the new deal includes a release clause. Teams can officially sign Pote for €80m – around £67m.
It’s apparently the highest clause in Portuguese football but for many, it might still prove tempting. Liverpool included.
Pote deal includes release clause
The latest claim is that Sporting aren’t willing to sell until 2022 and waiting Liverpool must hold off until then. The release clause does lend itself to that.
But would it be worth it? Well, we’re big fans of Pote as he’s fairly unique. The 23-year-old isn’t a striker but more of an attacking midfielder/winger hybrid who uses fantastic movement to score goals with amazing consistency.
Given his age, there seems to be an unbelievable amount of potential here with the right next step. After all, Pote replaced Bruno Fernandes at Sporting and you have to say he looks like a solid upgrade.
£67m on someone from the Primeira Liga is certainly a gamble, though. We’re not entirely sure it’s one Liverpool will take but another 20-goal season will surely tempt them next summer.
We think Pote would be a good fit if all went well. The next few months should show if that’s the case.