With Arsenal showing genuine interest in Ousmane Diomande from Sporting CP, the gap between the offered amount and the release clause highlights the challenges Arsenal may face in securing the player.
Sporting CP signed Ousmane Diomande in January 2023 from FC Midtjylland for just €7.5m (€12.5m with add-ons).
In his contract, they inserted an €80m release clause.
Over the summer, Arsenal were linked with a move, with speculation that the Portuguese side might lower their demands to turn a quick profit.
However, a bid of €35m from Arsenal for the centre-back was declined, even though the player is currently valued at just €10m.
A report from the Portuguese outlet, Record, states that Sporting’s coach Rúben Amorim initially faced scepticism when the club invested in the 19-year-old.
Yet, they now feel vindicated due to Arsenal’s keen interest and substantial offer.
Sporting, as per Record, remain confident in Diomande’s development and market value, given his stellar performance and significant contributions to the squad.
The Ivory Coast player’s contract runs until2027, and it’s still uncertain if Arsenal will renew their pursuit in the upcoming January window.