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Leo da Silva Lopes: Peterborough United sell midfielder to Wigan Athletic

Leonardo da Silva Lopes is heading for The Championship. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have sold highly-rated midfielder Leo da Silva Lopes to newly-promoted Championship side Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old, who came through the academy at Posh after he was spotted playing in a local park, has attracted interest from the Premier League in the past.

He recently earned a first call-up to the Portugal under 20 squad and has made more than 100 appearances for Peterborough.

The fee is officially undisclosed, but chairman Darragh MacAnthony has confirmed Posh have received a "seven-figure" sum.

Da Silva Lopes has signed a four-year contract at the DW Stadium.

“I first spotted Leo at 15 when he came on winter break trip to Spain with the first team and could tell instantly this kid was destined to play top level football," MacAnthony said.

"After playing over 100 games by the age of 19, I am delighted he will get to display his talents in the Championship next season.

“I have no doubt Wigan fans will get behind him, support him and play a part in helping his development as he goes on to show us all at Peterborough what a talented kid he really is."

Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Chris Forrester has joined Scottish club Aberdeen for an undisclosed fee.

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