Sporting head coach Marcel Keizer is not sure whether star midfielder Bruno Fernandes will remain at the club amid strong links to Manchester United.
Fernandes has been tipped to join the Red Devils throughout the transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to rebuild his squad after a difficult campaign last time out.
Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have already signed on at Old Trafford but it is believed Solskjaer wants at least one more player.
As a result, talk of a switch to Old Trafford for Fernandes has gathered pace with the Premier League season on the horizon.
The midfielder’s reaction at the end of Sunday’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Valencia also seemingly offered a hint about his future.
The Sporting captain appeared to be in tears in front of his own fans in Lisbon, prompting talk of an imminent departure.
Asked about Fernandes – who was in the starting line-up – Keizer admitted he was in the dark about his future.
“We’ll see if we can keep our players and then we’ll see what we do,” he told reporters after the game.
“I hope he [Fernandes] stays, of course, like everyone else at Sporting, but we don’t know.“