Sporting Lisbon boss Jorge Silas said he was “starting to think of alternatives” amid speculation Manchester United are closing in on signing Bruno Fernandes.
Fernandes was linked with both United and Tottenham last summer, but the Red Devils appear to have moved ahead in the race to sign him, with the fee expected to be around €70million (£60m).
And Silas said: “I’m starting to think of alternatives within our team if Bruno doesn’t stay with us.
“I hope that doesn’t happen. In Portugal, unfortunately, we can’t keep the best players for long. Bruno is the best player in the league.”