Transfer Deadline Catch-Up: Postiga, Djaló, Grimi, Turan, and Zezinho

It was a busy transfer deadline day at Sporting Clube de Portugal to finish off an extraordinary summer of transfer activity. Sporting today have sold 2 players and and also loaned out 2 players today to reduce the size of the squad with no more signings after yesterday’s capture of Elias.

The most surprising transfer news of the day are the departures of Yannick Djaló and Hélder Postiga to OGC Nice and to Real Zaragoza respectively. Leandro Grimi has moved out on loan to Belgian Champions, Genk. Zezinho has also moved out on loan to the recently promoted Liga de Honra side Atlético Clube de Portugal. Finally, new boy Atila Turan has moved on loan to Beira-Mar.

Firstly, Hélder Postiga has moved on from Sporting Clube de Portugal to the financially troubled La Liga side, Real Zaragoza – probably due to the influence of Jorge Mendes a the club. Postiga’s transfer went for €1,000,000 with the possibility of that transfer price doubling depending on performance clauses. Due to a deal with Porto, the club from which Sporting signed Postiga (for a fee of €2,5000,000 back in 2008), the Dragões will get €500,000 of the transfer fee. The surprising factor of the deal is that Postiga seemed to be a part of Domingos Paciência plans as he, like Yannick Djaló, had played every game so far this season.

Postiga had began the season in misfiring fashion having failed to find the net so far and his total record with Sporting comes to 18 goals in 109 matches. His departure means Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Valeri Bojinov, and Diego Rubio will all be fighting to start as the main forward.

Yannick Djaló has moved on to the Ligue 1 side OGC Nice. The Guinea-Bissau-born Portugal international has been at the club since he was 11-years old, coming through the Sporting Academy. Djaló was sold for €4,500,000 for 75% of his ownership and will sign a 3-year deal with the Nice-based club.

Yannick Djaló made his debut for the club on the 16th September 2006 and has this season started every game for Domingos Paciência. With the signings of Diego Capel and Jeffrén it seems that the generally inconsistent but sometimes brilliant forward is no longer surplus to requirements at the Alvalade.

Leandro Grimi, who has been seen as not being part of the future plans of Sporting, has been moved on loan to KRC Genk. The former AC Milan left back had only been on the fringes of the squad last season with the arrival of Evaldo and this season’s arrival of Emiliano Insúa ensured that Grimi would need to go out on loan if he is to find football this year.

Youngster Zezinho has moved on loan to the newly promoted Atlético Clube de Portugal. The Guinea-Bissau has previously had a loan spell with Estoril and will now gain experience with Atlético in the Liga de Honra.

Atila Turan has yet to make his debut at Sporting after having signed this summer from Grenoble Foot, the Frenchman probably would have played his part at some point this season and his loan move is because of an injury to another Sporting player on loan at the Aveiro club, André Marques. Although it is also possible that the signing of Emiliano Insúa is a factor in this deal and it ensures Turan will play more football this year.

And so concludes Sporting Clube de Portugal’s amazing transfer window. 16 new players have signed to the club and many have gone to perhaps begin a new era for the club.

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