Sporting Lisbon assure Arsenal: No Man Utd option on Veloso

Sporting Lisbon insist Manchester United do not have an option on Miguel Veloso.

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Veloso, who can play in central defence or midfield, is the latest starlet off the Sporting production line to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.

United are very close to Sporting, having signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani from them in recent seasons. But a spokesman for the club has denied that Veloso, or any of his team-mates - have been promised to United.

"Manchester United do not have a preference on him (Veloso) or any other players of Sporting Lisbon," he told Sky Sports.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering a £20 million bid for Veloso in January.

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