Sporting's Portuguese forward Tiago Tomas celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Portuguese league football match between Belenenses SAD and Sporting CP at the Restelo stadium in Lisbon on December 27, 2020. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP) (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Who is Tiago Tomas?

Tiago Tomas is a product of Sporting CP’s academy.

The 19-year-old was handed his senior debut by the Portuguese powerhouse in the 2019/20 season.

And he has since gone on to establish himself as a regular contributor for the Verde e Brancos this time around.

Tiago featured 30 times in the Liga NOS during 2020/21.

And though the majority of these appearances have seen him fail to complete 90 minutes, the youngster has nevertheless managed to score three and assist two.

Tiago, who is naturally a centre-forward but can operate out wide, too, has also been a regular in Portugal’s youth ranks up to under-21 level.

For a more in-depth look at Tomas, check out the piece from 101 below.

Arsenal eyeing Tomas

Now Tomas appears to be attracting the interest of a top Premier League side.

Sporting’s second-highest top scorer in history, Manuel Fernandes, has previously backed him to be an excellent striker who the big clubs will look to sign.

“Given his age and the rate of progression he has shown, in the future he will be an excellent striker,. He’s not just a striker who plays in the box, but a mobile forward. 

“Sooner or later, big clubs in Europe will appear to sign him.”

One such club does look to be Arsenal. Goal have reported that the Gunners have held informal discussions with Tomas’ representatives regarding a move to the Emirates this summer.

Serie A outfit Roma are also said to be interested. However, it is added that Tomas is likely to stay with Sporting for next season to play Champions League football for the first time.

Tomas’ current deal, which runs until 2025, is also said to contain a €60m release clause, which would likely further dent any hope Arsenal have of landing him this summer.

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