The £22m-rated Dutch striker moved to Portugal last summer, and he's continued the excellent form he showed at Utrecht, and this has reportedly attracted the interest of clubs like Man United, Lazio and Liverpool.
Will Van Wolfswinkel be available this summer? According to his Agent, Louis Laros, that is 'negotiable' at this stage:
"Ricky is very much appreciated in Portugal, but he is being followed by several clubs. No transfer is in motion at the moment though. Sporting now wants to review his contract and that is negotiable for us"
Sporting obviously want to tie Van Wolfswinkel down to stop him being poached by other clubs, but the lure of the Premier League could prove to be too much, and the player himself recently admitted that a move to England would be a 'step up':
"I know that a lot of Dutch players play in England. It's a really good competition and I do see it as a step to take maybe in the future, but we will see about that when it happens".
Van Wolfswinkel has scored 14 goals in 25 starts for Sporting this season, and in my view, he would be ideal replacement for Andy Carroll. Of course, that's wishful thinking as I can't see Liverpool embarrassing themselves by taking a huge loss on Carroll so early, but you never know.
Worth a bid to test Sporting's resolve?