By Joe Ellis

14th May, 2022 | 3:10pm

Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia earmarked for new loan at Sporting

Joao Virginia has been second fiddle at Sporting Lisbon this season but they want to renew his loan from Everton once again next season.

The 22-year-old last played for the Portuguese side all the way back on 11 January in a 4-0 win against Leca but manager Ruben Amorim has confirmed that he will start their game against Santa Clara on Saturday (14 May).

There had been talk of a permanent move being made and the club would be willing to do so but the reported £5millio fee the Toffees are asking for is considered too much by the club [O Logo].

“We are going to try a new loan for João, we are very happy,” Amorim said. He played more at Sporting than the time he spent at Everton. He will be a Sporting starting goalkeeper.”

Frank Lampard has less incentive to bring the 22-year-old back to Merseyside after reports that Asmir Begovic’s contract has been extended for another year emerged via The Athletic.

Sell

A loan might be all well and good to get him mostly off the wage bill but if he is not in the plans of the club at all, why is he still contracted to us?

The fact that we appear to be refusing to reduce our asking price for someone who will never play at Goodison Park, for Everton at least, is a mystery because that could be an easy £2-3million that we are missing out on through sheer stubbornness.

With Jordan Pickford and Begovic as the club’s two senior goalkeepers, and an academy filled with potential backups should they be needed, there is no room for Virginia at the inn.

He knows that and so do Sporting so they can wait and see how long Everton will hold out with this stance before they buckle because lets be honest, there isn’t a huge group of clubs circling to sign him.

In other Everton news, this 23-year-old might have been given his last chance at Goodison Park after recent injury news in his position.

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