Sporting Sign Joel Campbell on Loan

As expected, Sporting have completed the transfer of Joel Campbell on loan from Arsenal.

Campbell said this at his presentation: “I am here to win the league! I want to pay back the confidence people have shown in me. Of course I spoke with Bryan Ruiz, who told me a lot of good things about the club, but it was the support of the president and coach that made me take this decision. I will work as hard as I can and results will speak for themselves. I know what I can do and I hope everything goes well here.”

There was no word on whether, as speculated in the press, there is an option for Sporting to buy the player at the end of the loan agreement.

Campbell could make his debut for Sporting on Sunday against FC Porto.

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Transfer Rumours – Joel Campbell, Pedro Delgado, João Mário

The latest transfer rumours begin with the seemingly imminent signing of Joel Campbell on loan for Arsenal. Sport TV had initially reported that Campbell was watching the Paços de Ferreira game but then changed their minds.

It is believed, however, that he will be announced shortly as a Sporting player with Sporting also having an option to purchase the player at the end of his loan.

Most people believed Pedro Delgado, Internazionale’s 19-year old Portuguese midfielder, was on his way to Benfica. However, rumours are that he is now on his way to Sporting after having at the last minute upped his wages and fees from Benfica. Of course, if Inter want to do a deal with Sporting it would be beneficial for them now to want to sell a promising Portuguese prospect who once spent a few years at Sporting’s academy to the club’s rivals.

There is the alternative that Delgado’s representatives are using Sporting to help Benfica increase their offer for the player.

Most likely, the player if Sporting do sign Delgado, the player will be a part of João Mário’s transfer. Which, after the midfielder was excluded from Jorge Jesus’ squad for the Paços de Ferreira game, seems ever more imminent .

Of course, this one has been rumbling along all summer, so it was no surprise that Jorge Jesus said after the win against Paços that if João Mário is still at the club on Sunday he will play against Porto.

Transfer News Round-Up: 20/7

There’s been plenty of transfer news recently with 3 departures from the club (1 permanent) as well as, as always, scores of transfer rumours.

Fabián Rinaudo has completed his move to Catania for €3,000,000. The Argentine midfielder found it hard to find a place in the team after the emergence of William Carvalho and will now return to the club where he spent last season on loan. Rinaudo has stated he wants to help Catania return to Serie A after their demotion to Serie B last season.

Rinaudo has been a great leader for Sporting on and off the field since he joined from Gimnasia La Plata in 2011 and was frequently one of the senior leaders in the team. Best of luck to Fito as he moves on.

Wilson Eduardo has moved to Dinamo Zagreb for the rest of the season with the Croatian club given the option to buy. The winger has impressed so far in pre-season after finding it hard to find game-time with the break through of Carlos Mané and the signing of Héldon Ramos last season.

Eduardo will miss the opportunity to play with his brother João Mário who is just becoming a first team player but will join a large Portuguese contingent at Dinamo. There’s no word yet on a price Zagreb would be looking to pay should they wish to make the deal permanent.

Diogo Salomão will be returning to Deportivo de La Coruña for yet another stint with the club. The winger’s last stint was cut short after Salomão received a serious injury. Salomão will be having a medical with the club on Monday.

The expected exit of Miguel Lopes is still no closer to being done. The right-back apparently has proposals from clubs in Germany, England and Spain with Real Betis though to being close but no concrete news yet on the player.

In transfer speculation Trabzonspor join the list of clubs interested in signing Islam Slimani. The list now is endless.

Sporting are said to have turned down a €30,000,000 offer from Arsenal for William Carvalho. The club are said to be open to listening to offers but were not impressed with Arsenal’s apparent intention to pay for the player in two separate instalments.

Boca Juniors are hoping to secure the loan of Valentín Viola who apparently doesn’t enter Marco Silva’s plans for next season. The Argentinian club apparently not bothered by Viola’s Racing Club tattoo.

Finally, Héldon Ramos is said to have interested clubs in Greece and Turkey for his services but A Bola doesn’t provide much more information than that.

News Round-Up 30/05

A round-up of some of the news from Portugal’s daily papers…

This year’s Taça da Honra will be held at the Estádio do Restelo with Sporting, Benfica, Belenenses and Estoril once again competing. Current holders Sporting will kick-off on the 18th July against Belenenses before potentially facing Benfica or Estoril in the final on the 20th July. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Taça da Honra.

O Jogo is reporting that André Martins is set to be offered a contract extension that will extended his deal at the club until 2018. The negotiations have been going on but the paper reports that it is likely to be finalised with Martin on a €35,000-a-week contract with a €45,000,000 release clause.

In transfer rumours Arsenal at the latest club to be linked with Eric Dier. Dier’s father was said to be unhappy with the defender’s lack of football last season but with Marcos Rojo looking likely to leave Dier could soon find himself in playing more next season although he will have to compete with new signing Paulo Oliveira for that spot. Arsenal are apparently willing to offer €6,000,000 for the player.

Marcos Rojo rumours are continuing in full force with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona the latest clubs rumoured to be in for the defender. Sporting are said to be hoping for between €10-15m before they decide to sell.

There are apparently more options for Fabián Rinaudo should he wish to leave the club. As well as Catania being extremely interested the midfielder has been linked with a whole host of clubs in his native Argentina with Boca Juniors, Racing Club, Rosario Central and his former club Gimnasia La Plata all said to be interested.

Sporting have been linked with the signing of Iranian 18-year old left-winger Ali Hazami. Hazami is currently with Foolad FC in Iran and the player’s agent says that the player is just waiting for an offer from Sporting with Pohang Steelers of Korea also interested.

The transfer of Marko Petković from Red Star Belgrade is getting closer with Record saying the player has agreed to join the club and they are confident that the Serbian right-back will be Sporting’s 3rd signing of the transfer window.

Finally Sporting are also continuing their interest in Marítimo’s Derley. Record said that the player’s agent arrived in Portugal last Monday ahead of negotiations for the player.

Atila Turan’s Transfer Is Finally Completed

After a lengthy wait Atila Turan has finally officially become a Sporting Clube de Portugal player. Sporting had agreed terms with the player back in June but with Grenoble Foot’s financial difficulties there were complications before the player could move.

As agreed to previously, the highly rated youngster Turan will sign a 5 year deal with the club after being formally announced at the Estádio José Alvalade earlier today. The French U19 international will play in the #89 next season.

Turan most frequently plays as a left-back but can also play further up the pitch on the left hand side and will put pressure on Evaldo for the left-back position.

It could be that Atila Turan is Sporting’s last signing of this busy summer with the alleged move for the Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner being ruled out by director Carlos Freitas.