In a surprising move, Sporting have signed Dutch international Ricky van Wolfswinkel from FC Utrecht for €6,000,000 (£5,300,000). Although some sources state the transfer fee as being lower A Bola says the deal cost €5,4000,000. Many had thought that van Wolfswinkel, who scored 15 goals for Utrecht last season, would move to an English club but the promising striker has instead become a Leão.
During his presentation the 22-year old Ricky van Wolfswinkel, said:
“I’m very glad I came to Sporting. It’s realizing a dream come to a big European club.”
“I think it is the right club to evolve as a player. I also know you have a great coach and fans. Sporting bets on young players and I know that Domingos was a great striker and he had a superb season at SC Braga. ”
“I know that I come to a club that does not want to be second or third, but champion.”
Ricky van Wolfswinkel contract would potentially see the striker staying in Lisbon for the next 5 years.