Lecce Captain Hjulmand Leaves Italy to Join Portuguese Giants

Lecce midfielder Morten Hjulmand leaves Italy to pursue his development in Portugal, as country giants Sporting Lisbon have agreed to terms to sign him, beating the likes of Italian hopefuls Fiorentina, Lazio, Roma, Atalanta, and Juventus. Sporting were in talks to sign Hjulmand for quite a while now and have struck the deal for a permanent transfer.

As per Sky Italia, Sporting will sign Hjulmand on a €21M deal, including bonuses, after their initial €15M offer was turned down. The Italian minnows had long maintained that they would accept nothing less than €20M for their captain.

Hjulmand signs a five-year deal valid until the summer of 2028 in Lisbon, as several suitors, including the aforementioned along with English sides Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City will leave the transfer race empty-handed.

Hjulmand played a significant role in Lecce’s rise from the second tier in the 2021/22 season, as they won the league and gained the promotion before narrowly helping Marco Baroni’s side escape relegation last campaign.

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