14:30 | Lima, May 04 (ANDINA).
Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon has reached agreement for the purchase of Peruvian forward Andre Carrillo, who will sign on the dotted line this week pending the mandatory medical tests.
The 19-year-old Carrillo was bought from Alianza Lima, and has big ambitions in the game. “I chose Sporting because they are one of the biggest clubs in Portugal and great footballers come out of the club, which influenced my decision.”
“I want to do something identical to Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani or Quaresma. I may not have the same characteristics, but perhaps I have others. I want to grow to become an elite player. My mentality is to become a great player,” said Carrillo.
Newly elected president Godinho Lopes has kept out of the limelight in the first weeks of his mandate. However, behind the scenes Lopes, Carlos Freitas and Luis Duque have been working hard planning for next season.
The Lusa Agency claims a source at the club has informed them that no fewer than seventeen members of the current first-team squad will be released.
Sinama-Pongolle, Pedro Mendes, Maniche and Simon Vukcevic are among this group and are thought to be the players that have the most potential to bring a financial return to the Lions, Portugoal.net reported.
Others on the outers list are goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand, defenders Leandro Grimi, Anderson Polga, Abel and Marco Caneira and forward Cristiano. Four players currently out on loan, Adrien Silva (Academica), Jorge Goncalves (Olhanense), Nuno Reis and Renato Neto (Cercle de Brugge) will not be recalled.
Finally, centre-back Nuno Andre Coelho, striker Carlos Saleiro and Spanish midfielder Alberto Zapater are also to be released, although this trio has been earmarked for loan and not sale.