Sporting Lisbon enjoy a rich reputation for the young talent developed at their famous Academia Sporting.
Reported Tottenham target Bubacar Djalo, dubbed ‘the new Paul Pogba’ is the latest prospect to come to the fore.
The Mirror report the Lilywhites to have registered an interest in the 18-year-old holding midfielder when his contract expires this summer.
However, while the Portuguese club have gifted the world Ballon d’Or winners Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo they’ve had less star graduates lately.
Signing a youngster with an Academia Sporting education is far from guaranteed to produce Champions League talent, just consider the fates of these highly-touted alumni…
Now 28, Veloso earned rave reviews after his Champions League debut against Inter in 2007/08, when he bossed an opposition midfield including Figo and Patrick Vieira.
Constant speculation linked him with Manchester United, but ultimately he never stepped up, finally checking out of Sporting for Serie A banalities Genoa in 2010.
Having broken into the Leoes first team as a teenager, Liverpool fans could have been forgiven for thinking they were signing a precocious talent when Ilori arrived at Anfield in a £7m deal back in 2012/13.
However, after season on the periphery he was loaned out to first Granada then Bordeaux, failing (as it stands) to accrue double figure league-game experience at either port of call.
The Guinea-Bissau born winger exercised Premier League scouts from the likes of Man Utd and Chelsea during the 13 games he eventually managed for Sporting.
Sold on to Galatasaray for a cool €10m after an acrimonious contract dispute when still just 17, he failed to set Turkey alight before succumbing to a knee injury from which it took him a year to recover.
Thus far he has struck once on 20 league appearances for Cimbom.
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