LOAN WATCH: St Mirren’s Goncalves attracting England, Spain interest

St Mirren loanee Esmael Goncalves will not be back at the Scottish club next season as interest in him from clubs in England and Spain emerges.

The 21-year old Rio Ave striker has attracted curiosity after scoring six goals in 10 appearances for the Buddies, including strikes in the Scottish Communities League Cup final win over Hearts on Sunday and in the semi-final victory over Celtic.

Rio Ave president Antonio da Silva has dismissed claims that Goncalves will return to St Mirren next season as he is set to be sold in the summer.

“I can confirm Goncalves will not stay at St Mirren,” da Silva told SunSport.

“The agreement was for six months and after that he will return to Rio Ave.

“I don’t think St Mirren have the finances to buy our player. We are in the position to listen to offers as we are willing to sell the player. If the right offer comes around, we will talk.

“I have to admit Goncalves has done exceptionally well at St Mirren.

“He has proven he can be a great player for a bigger club and that opportunity may come to him very soon.

“I have been approached by several European clubs, especially from England and Spain.”

 
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