Transfer News 23/04

As we get ever closer to the end of the season the transfer rumours multiply…

Italian website Tuttomercato says that Sporting have been offering Diego Capel to English clubs. The Spaniard is one of the best paid players at the club and an exit has been often talked about in the last year. Newcastle United and Sunderland are said to be interested with bids of €5m apparently acceptable for Sporting.

O Jogo is linking Sporting with Académica left-back Djavan. The Brazilian is on loan at the club from Corinthians Alagoano as Sporting look to add depth in defence with it looking likely there will be no back up left-back next season.

This is due to Iván Piris set to leave the club and return to São Paulo. The Paraguayan’s future remains unclear as the player is owned by both São Paulo and Uruguayan Segunda División side Deportivo Maldonado. Sporting do have an option to purchase the player for €3m should they chose to but the fact that Piris has played more the B team than the senior perhaps demonstrates why they will not be activating that clause.

Eric Dier has been linked with a move to Russia with André Villas-Boas’ Zenit Saint Petersburg interested. Dier currently has a contract until 2016 with a €20m release clause but according to Russian paper Izvestia Zenit will looking to bid at €4m. Cue Bruno de Carvalho’s tears of laughter.

Closer to home Ricardo Esgaio is set to be promoted to the first team next season as is João Mário, who has been impressing on loan recently at Vitória de Setúbal.

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