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.

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Transfer News 17/01/14

Another round up of the most recent transfer rumours…

Both Record and A Bola are reporting that French club Stade Rennais are interesting in signing André Carrillo. The player’s agent had suggested that the player could leave during this transfer window and the emergence of Carlos Mané in the game against Marítimo means the Peruvian is likely to go. Record say the transfer fee could range between 5 and 7 million euros.

A Bola has Sporting linked with Marcelo Estigarribia, the Paraguayan midfielder currently on loan at Chievo Verona. The player also recently had been loaned out by his club, Deportivo Maldonado, to Juventus and Sampdoria. With the Chievo having first option on the player it is certainly an unlikely scenario.

Islam Slimani’s agent must be hard at work, after being linked to a whole host of clubs in England, the player is now linked with a move to Turkey. France Football says Trabzonspor are very interested in the player. Italian club Sassuolo has also been mentioned.

On top of all the major English clubs, William Carvalho is now being linked to Real Madrid and Barcelona. With the Spanish press comparing the midfielder to Sergio Busquets.

Sporting News Round-Up

So, since it’s been a while since the last Leões/Lions post (yes, it’s been a really long while) here is a round-up of all the transfers and other pre-season news so far. As you know, there is always something happening at Sporting so there is a lot to write about.

Transfers in:

Zakaria Labyad was a deal done way back during the season but he has now officially become a Sporting player. Labyad will be in London over the summer representing Morocco at the Olympics. PSV Eindhoven, Labyad’s former club, are now seeking financial compensation for the deal.

Sporting’s next signing was Gelson Fernandes on the 4th July. Fernandes came from French side Saint-Étienne after having spent the second half of 2012 on loan to Udinese. Gelson’s deal is a 4-year contract with a buyout clause of €25m.

9 days later and Sporting completed another signing by signing former Bayern München player Danijel Pranjić. The Croatian has had his injuries in recent times but will reinforce Sporting in midfield was well as occasionally on the left-hand side in defence or attack.

The signings didn’t stop there as Khalid Boulahrouz joined the club for free just 4 days after that on the 18th July. The Netherlands and ex-Chelsea defender has been at VfB Stuttgart until his contract expired. Boulahrouz can play at both right-back and centre-back and has been handed a two-year contract.

Most recently Sporting completed the signing of Marcos Rojo the Argentinian left-back / centre-back from Spartak Moscow. The former Estudiantes player had been rumoured to join Benfica months ago but in the end chose Sporting instead.

Transfers out:

As already ported on the blog João Pereira has moved onto Valencia. Ânderson Polga left the club too and is still yet to find a new team. Long-time servant Tiago also retired.

Deportivo de La Coruña signed André Santos on loan as well as being able to keep Diogo Salomão for another season. More recently both Alberto Rodríguez and Evaldo Fabiano have also joined the newly promoted Spanish team.

Jaime Valdés officially became a Parma player after he was on loan there last season.

Edgar Ié and Agostinho Cá were all set to join Internazionale last month. Indeed, the deal had been reported as completed by various media outlets. Since then it emerged that the deal had in fact not gone through and now the pair have joined Barcelona instead and will play for the B team next season.

Other Sporting players have been released and found new clubs such as Diogo Rosado (Genoa), Mexer (Nacional), André Marques (FC Sion), Mateus Fonseca (FC Chiasso), and Rodolfo Simões (Marítimo).

As well as the following players leaving the club on loan: William Owusu (Westerlo), William Carvalho (Cercle Brugge), and Miguel Serôdio (Varzim).

Pre-Season Games:

Sporting opened Pre-Season with an 11-0 win over minnows Atlético Clube do Cacém. The Sintra club were unsurprisingly soundly beaten thanks to goals from Iuri Medeiros, Filipe Chaby, Emiliano Insúa, Adrien Silva, André Martins, Ricky van Wolfswinkel (x2), Diego Rubio (x2), and Wilson Eduardo (x2).

Last Thursday Sporting ended up losing 1-0 to Charlton Athletic in a game played at the Municipal de Lepe, the home of lower league side San Roque de Lepe. A last minute goal from Johnnie Jackson game the London club the win.

Sporting’s team for the game was:

Marcelo Boeck; Bruno Pereirinha (Cédric Soares 46′), Daniel Carriço (YC) (Nuno Reis 59′), Xandão (Oguchi Onyewu 59′), Emiliano Insúa (Danijel Pranjić 59′); Fabián Rinaudo (Gelson Fernandes 46′), Adrien Silva (Stijn Schaars 59′), Elias (André Martins 46′); Jeffrén Suárez (Wilson Eduardo 46′), Diego Capel (André Carrillo 56′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Diego Rubio 59′)

Sporting next face Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night with kick off at 20:30.

Official: Jeffrén a Sporting Player / Alberto Zapater to Lokomotiv

The signing of Jeffrén was completed and presented last night in front of the media. Jeffrén has agreed to a 5-year contract at the club after Sporting Clube de Portugal paid Barcelona €3,750,000 (with Barcelona receiving 20% of any future transfer fee), Jeffrén’s contract also includes a €30,000,000 release fee.

At the unveiling Jeffrén was given the #17 shirt and said “I am very proud to represent this club can. I am very happy for the trust they placed in me.”

The transfer of Jeffrén had began at the start of the week with the player leaving Barcelona’s USA tour to sign for the club, he now becomes the 14th new player to join the club.

Going out of the club is Alberto Zapater who has gone for free to Lokomotiv Moscow. The story first emerged last week but the Spaniard has now officially become a Lokomotiv player.

Zapater will be joining last season’s caretaker manager of Sporting, José Couceiro, at the club and the midfielder said that although receiving offers from other clubs, Couceiro was a major factor on his decision to join the Russian club.

Sporting Close to Signing Barcelona’s Jeffrén

It seems Sporting’s summer spending spree isn’t quite over just yet, according to various media sources (including Record and the Catalan-based El Mundo Deportivo), Sporting Clube de Portugal are currently in advanced negotiations with Barcelona for their player, Jeffrén with the deal not far from being complete.

Jeffrén personally wanted to stay, having previously refused moves to England but it seems that Sporting have done enough to convince the player and he could soon be signing a 5-year contract. Record speculates  the transfer could be just under €5,000,000.

With Diego Capel presumably starting on the left wing next season and Yannick Djaló starting on the right, Jeffrén would not be guaranteed a place in Sporting’s first team but will have much more playing time then he current has at Barcelona.

Transfer Rumour: Marc Muniesa to Sporting?

Considering the last two transfer rumours posted were about players departing the club, it’s far better to read about possible players coming into the club.

Fichajes (link discovered via Fórum SCP) reports today that Sporting are apparently about to make a loan offer for young Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa who is currently playing for the teams high-flying B side. You may remember Muniesa for his debut game in which he got himself sent off, and then later that night went on to celebrate winning the league with his senior team mates.

It would be intriguing to see that if the loan deal goals through whether club would take their interest any further, perhaps adding a later transfer fee into the loan contract clause.