Gauld windfall unlikely for Utd
FORMER Dundee United star Ryan Gauld could be returning to the UK this summer – the Tangerines are unlikely to reap any rewards, however.
After four years at Sporting, and two loan spells at Vitoria de Setubal and Aves, the 22-yearold has been catching the eye of clubs south of the border and one in the Scottish Premiership.
An exodus is expected at the Lisbon club after 50 fans stormed their training complex, injured striker Bas Dost and trashed the dressing-rooms.
That followed a poor end to the season and has alerted a number of clubs to the availability of Sporting’s stars.
Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who is in Russia for the World Cup, has already quit the club with Rodrigo Battaglia, William Carvalho and Dost also expected to leave.
And Gauld may be among them with English giants Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all reportedly interested.
Rangers have also been linked with a move for him and a move to Ibrox under new manager Steven Gerrard seems much more credible as he shapes his new squad.
Four years after he departed Tannadice, any sell-on clause Dundee United would have had in place won’t be activated – unless the transfer fee is more than the £3 million fee the Lisbon club paid for him.
After just two first-team league appearances in those four years, that’s unlikely.
Meanwhile, the Tannadice club are expected to make their sixth signing of the summer in the shape of centre-back Frederic Frans.
The former Partick Thistle defender has been the subject of a three-way bid between the Tangerines, the Jags and Ross County.
However, United are expected to win that race.
The 29-year-old left Firhill in 2016 to return to his native Belgium as captain of his former youth team Lierse SK.
This summer he’s a free agent, however, after the Belgian club went bankrupt.
And he is expected to arrive at Tannadice over the coming days to try to help the Tangerines to promotion back to the Premiership next season.
Ryan Gauld played 50 times for Dundee United.