Viktor Gyokeres has joined Portugese giants Sporting for an undisclosed club-record fee from Championship side Coventry. 

The amount is also a record selling fee for the Sky Blues, eclipsing the £13m they recouped from the sale of Robbie Keane to Inter in 2000. 

Gyokeres made his first-team debut for Swedish side Brommapojkarna in 2015, but after moving two frustrating years at Brighton when he played just five times, the forward enjoyed loan spells at St. Pauli, Swansea and Coventry, where he signed permanently in the summer of 2021. 

Since then, the technically adept target man's scoring record has improved dramatically, finding the net 38 times in 91 league matches.


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However, after rebuffing attractive offers to leave in January, Gyokeres scored just once in Coventry's last seven matches, including blanking in the agonising play-off final defeat to Luton. 

The Sweden international has put pen to paper on a contract that runs until 2028 and speaking to the Lisbon side's website after being confirmed as the club's new No 9, the 25-year-old said: "It's a fantastic feeling. 

"I've been waiting for this and it's great to have everything sorted and finally be here. I'm very happy.

"Sporting produces a lot of good players. The club has a lot of history and when I heard about the interest, it was an easy choice.

"I had other options, but I felt that Sporting was the team that was most interested in me, and when someone wants you, it means they love you a lot and will take care of you."

Sporting, who knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League last season, have already added Francisco Trincao to their squad on a permanent basis from Barcelona after the winger spent last season on loan at Estadio Jose Alvalade. 

They kick off their Liga Portugal campaign at home to Vizela on Sunday 13 August, while Coventry, who brought in Ellis Simms from Everton earlier this month in anticipation of Gyokeres' departure, travel to Midlands rivals Leicester the previous weekend in their Championship opener.