The 22-year-old midfielder has been in Portugal ever since sealing a £3million move to the Lisbon side from Dundee United back in 2014.
At the time, he was touted as one of Scotland’s best young talents and there was plenty of excitement around his move to the Portuguese giants.
But Gauld has managed just five first team appearances for Sporting since then, getting more first team appearances away from the club out on loan with Vitoria de Setubal and Aves.
It’s been reported that Boavista are interested in signing him permanently – with other talk of him being cut from Sporting’s pre-season training camp last month and told he can explore options elsewhere.
Portugal may be the preferred option for Gauld, but who could interest him if he does decide to return to Scotland?
Aberdeen has to be the clear frontrunner for the former Scotland under 21 international.
Gauld grew up in Aberdeenshire and it’s been suggested that he is a fan of the club – you just have to look at some of his recent activity on Twitter:
He obviously enjoyed Aberdeen’s performance against Burnley in the Europa League last week.
More significantly, though, Aberdeen are in need of some creative quality in the final third and Gauld could be the man to give them that.
It was shown in their Europa League games with Burnley and in the 1-1 draw with Rangers at the weekend that the Dons are badly missing Ryan Christie and Kenny McLean so Derek McInnes must be on the lookout for more playmakers.
And Gauld’s availability must have Aberdeen interested? He’ll also cost quite a bit in money – and perhaps a transfer fee – but you’d imagine the Dons could meet Sporting’s demands on both. Even if they can’t meet the transfer fee, you’d assume Aberdeen could do a loan deal to sign him.
With less than a month of the transfer window remaining, Gauld to Aberdeen could be a story we see more of.