It probably should have happened about a year ago but as of Tuesday Marco Caneira is no longer a Sporting player. The club and the player made an agreement to cancel Caneira’s contract.
Caneira came through the youth system at Sporting before eventually playing for the likes of Internazionale, Benfica, Bordeaux and Valencia. Caneira returned to the club back in 2008 for a transfer fee of €3,500,000.
Caneira’s release probably should have come much earlier, last year the player missed the entire season after not making it into the squad. It’s unclear now where the player will end up.
It seems likely that similar deals will be put in place for Leandro Grimi, Ricardo Batista and Pedro Silva. Maniche, Pedro Mendes, and Carlos Saleiro have all had similar meetings to agree to depart from the club.
On top of that, Simon Vukčević had officially joined Blackburn Rovers. The deal was first reported last week but now it is official and he will be eligible to play for Blackburn this weekend should his visa and work permit be finialised.
Vukčević made a total of 131 appearances for the club and scored 28 goals, his best season was probably the 2007/2008 season in which he scored 13 goals including goals against Porto and Benfica.