Transfer Round-Up 2015: Departures

As always with Sporting, there were plenty of entrances and exits throughout the transfer window, so here’s a breakdown of all of those who left the Alvalade albeit temporarily or permanently.

Maurício to Lazio (€2,600,000): A transfer that was essentially made in January but was made permanent by Lazio over the summer adding a little bit extra to Sporting’s transfer budget.

Cédric Soares to Southampton (€6,500,000): Considering the right fullback had only a year left on his contract this wasn’t a bad fee and Cédric has already made a solid start to life in England. However, had his contract been sorted out sooner Sporting could have kept or got a far greater fee for the Portugal international.

Lewis Enoh to Lokeren (€350,000): Not a bad profit for a player who cost only a tenth of that when brought in Sourense back in January 2014. The Cameroonian performed adequately enough for the B team and demonstrated that Sporting can make profit from their second string players.

Nuno Reis to Metz (free): It’s sad to see Nuno Reis not make it at Sporting after spending so long with the club and being so impressive at youth level. A move to Metz though may give his career a kickstart.

José Postiga to Rio Ave (free): Unable to agree to a new contract with Sporting the young striker has moved to Rio Ave on a free transfer. Postiga has yet to play for his new club as he faces some stiff competition to become a first pick Primeira Liga striker.

André Geraldes to Belenenses (loan): Geraldes has rejoined the club where he so impressed two seasons ago. Under Ricardo Sá Pinto the fullback will hopefully return to Sporting for next season ready to slot into the first team.

Liu Yiming to Pinhalnovense (free): The young Chinese defender was unable to break in the B team so has been given a free transfer to join 3 of his compatriots at Pinhalnovense. Some regular first team football is exactly what he needs at this time in his career.

Lisandro Semedo to Reading (free): A frustrating situation in which Semedo and Sporting were unable to come to terms with a new contract for the promising winger. Joining Championship side Reading is an interesting choice for the player.

José Marinheiro to Coruchense (free): The young goalkeeper has been released from Sporting and has joined up with GD Coruchense in the Campeonato Nacional Seniores Série G.

Naby Sarr to Charlton Athletic (€2,000,000): Sporting did well to double their money after selling Naby Sarr after just one season. The physically excellent but error-prone centre-back was ousted by Tobias Figueiredo, Paulo Oliveira and later Ewerton last season. He will face a very different challenge in the Championship.

Miguel Lopes to Granada (loan): Another move for Miguel Lopes who is still suffering from the high wages he was given when he joined the club under Godinho Lopes. The right-back had a solid run in the team last season under Marco Silva but Jorge Jesus seems to prefer João Pereira and Ricardo Esgaio.

Héldon Ramos to Rio Ave (loan): Still unable to break into the first team at Sporting, Héldon will be joining Rio Ave for the remainder of the season.

Simeon Slavchev to Apollon Limassol (loan): Another player unable to find a way into Jorge Jesus’ plans. The Bulgarian midfielder still seems to be struggling to adapt to Portuguese football.

Betinho to Belenenses (undisclosed): It’s a shame that Betinho never made it into the Sporting team after having been so promising at youth level. A wasted year last season with Brentford this move to Belenenses could be a huge boost for the young striker’s career.

João Palhinha to Moreirense (loan): João Palhinha seemed to impress Jorge Jesus and was quickly integrated into first team training during pre-season. A loan to Moreirense could give the midfielder some much needed Primeira Liga experience to develop even further. Will hopefully come back better and stronger.

Wallyson Mallmann to OGC Nice (loan): Surprisingly, Nice have an option to buy Mallmann at the end of this loan. Wallyson looked like he may have been likely for a first team berth this season but instead will be playing in Ligue 1. If the Brazilian midfielder does return to Sporting next season he will hopefully be able to fight his way into the first team.

Rúben Semedo to Vitória de Setúbal (loan): Another play who looked like he had convinced Jorge Jesus of his talents but just fell short of being integrated into the first team. Semedo did play in the Supertaça before being loan to Setúbal where he will hopefully develop like João Mário did there a few seasons ago.

Mica Pinto to Recreativo de Huelva (loan): One of the trio of players loan to Recreativo managed by former B team manager José Dominguez. The left-back is in need of a loan move out after so long playing B team football.

Luís Ribeiro to Recreativo de Huelva (loan): Similar to Mica Pinto in as much as he has perhaps played too much B team football and needs a move to develop further.

Kikas to Recreativo de Huelva (loan): A different challenge for Kikas after his season in Romania last year. It’s probably only a matter of time before he departs the club on a permanent basis.

Michaël Ciani to Espanyol (free): Well, that was quick. Ciani came, saw and left. Sporting could still profit from the French defender as they retain a small amount of his rights for a future transfer.

Diego Capel to Genoa (€1,300,000): Sad to see the Spanish winger leave after such a long stint at the club but after being unable to feature for Marco Silva often last season coupled with his high wages the writing was on the wall. The transfer fee is low for a player of his quality but Sporting will be happy to free up space on the wage bill for new contracts. Best of luck to Diego Capel!

Iuri Medeiros to Moreirense (loan): Iuri Medeiros impressed on loan at Arouca last season but didn’t impress Jesus enough, the manager preferring the young Gelson Martins over him. There’s still plenty of time for the exiting winger though and hopefully this loan deal helps.

Shikabala to Zamalek (€650,000): FINALLY! Shikabala has been a disaster of transfer. It was always a risky move but regardless, nothing went well. After so long AWOL, Shikabala returns to Zamalek for a profit. Not sure how Bruno de Carvalho managed that one.

Filipe Chaby to União da Madeira (loan): Chaby helped União da Madeira get promoted to the Primeira Liga and now he can help them stay there. This is a step up un level that could be key in the midfielder’s development.

Diego Rubio to Real Valladolid (free): An excellent signing from the perspective of Valladolid. The Chilean was in fantastic form for the B team when he returned from Norway last season. Rubio may well go on to score plenty of goals for the Spanish side.

Ramy Rabia to Al Ahly (€750,000): Rabia returns to Al Ahly for about the same fee as when was signed, the defender just wasn’t able to make an impression in the first team with Tobias Figueiredo ahead of him in the pecking order.

Wilson Eduardo to Braga (free): Another player it’s sad to see go. Wilson Eduardo has plenty to offer and will undoubtably do well for Braga. A good move for the player and for Braga though Sporting will be disappointed not to get a transfer fee they retain rights to the player for any future transfers.

Jorge Santos to Salgueiros (free): Gazela just wasn’t able to make the step up to Sporting B’s level of football after his mve last season as was loaned to Salgueiros last season. Jorge Santos has now moved there on a permanent basis.

Estimated transfer sales: €14,150,000


Transfer Round-Up 2014: Departures

It was another hectic transfer window for Sporting with plenty of entrances and exits. Here’s a round up of every move out of the club this summer. We’ll be recapping the exciting signings later on.


Leonardo Jardim to AS Monaco (€3,000,000): After an impressive season with Sporting, Monaco came calling and chose Leonardo Jardim to replace Claudio Ranieri. Sporting got compensation for the move thought to be about €3,000,000. It seems Jardim left on good terms and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him return at some point in the future.

Victor Golas to Braga (Undisclosed): The Polish-Brazilian goalkeeper move on after failing to break into the Sporting team. At 23-years old he now needs competitive football but now needs to get ahead of Stanislav Kritsyuk. No word on any fees for the player but it is likely to minimal with a view to Sporting getting a cut of a future transfer.

Fabián Rinaudo to Catania (€3,000,000): It’s a shame to see Fito Rinaudo leave. The fierce Argentinian midfielder always gave everything he had in a Sporting shirt. The emergence of William Carvalho however meant he was unable to find a place in the team again. Unfortunately, with Catania’s relegation last season it now means the player will be in Serie B and he really deserves better. €3,000,000 isn’t a bad fee and Sporting have made a profit from him.

Wilson Eduardo to Dinamo Zagreb (Loan): Despite scoring a few goals in pre-season Wilson Eduardo was loaned out to Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatian club have an option to buy the player for a future fee. Eduardo simply had too much competition with other recognised wingers Diego Capel, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané, Shikabala and now Nani all fighting for places in the team.

Diogo Salomão to Deportivo de La Coruña (Loan): Another stint to Deportivo for Salomão as he recovers from the serious injury he picked up there last season. It’s likely that at some point Deportivo may actually pay for the player they keep signing.

Zezinho to AEL Limassol (Loan): It’s a shame for Zezinho, after being promoted to the first team by Jesualdo Ferreira a couple of seasons ago he’s never been give a chance to try and find his way back. He’s give another loan out and a chance to use the Greek he picked up at Veria. AEL have the option to buy the player should they choose to.

Valentín Viola to Kardemir Karabükspor (Loan): Viola seemed determined to try and fight for his space at Sporting and was back in training and given time to impress. Unfortunately for him he was deemed surplus and will now spend next out on loan. The Turkish club have the option to buy as well.

Eric Dier to Tottenham Hotspur (€4,000,000): Certainly the most disappointing departure for Sporting with such a meagre fee and the player’s potential. This season he would certainly have finally broken into a first team starting place but after failing to renegotiate a contract, the release clause value was a major issue, he left instead on a pittance.

William Owusu to Royal Antwerp (Free): The Ghanian failed to break through the Sporting team and instead had several loans to different clubs. Should be a good signing for Royal Antwerp.

Marcos Rojo to Manchester United (€20,000,000): Well this is a transfer that’s going to keep on going for a while. The fallout between Sporting and third-party company Doyen Sports was not pretty and will certainly lead to legal action. Sporting have paid €4,000,000 to Spartak Moscow and the original sum (believed to be a similar fee) to Doyen Sports. For now.

Rúben Semedo to Reus Deportiu (Loan): A good loan for both sides. Semedo needed some non B-team football and it seemed still had some issues after recently being suspended. Tobias Figueiredo seemed to benefit to a loan at Reus last season so hopefully Semedo will do the same.

Vítor Silva to Reus Deportiu (Free): A Shame for Vítor Silva to be stepping down so many divisions but good that at least he will be playing more football.

Hugo Sousa to Waasland-Beveren (Free): Hugo Sousa was always a solid utility player for Sporting B covering all defensive positions as well as defensive midfield. Still, a move to another club is certainly a good option for him.

Mickaël Meira to AEL Limassol (Undisclosed): Unlikely to be a large fee, if any, for the young goalkeeper who spent his last 5 seasons coming through the Sporting ranks. Hopefully, he’ll now get some more game time. Sporting will be receiving 40% of any future transfer fees for the player.

Kikas to Rapid București (Loan): Kikas has spent almost his entire life at the club and it’s such a shame he can’t quite manage to break into the first team. A spell at Rapid București should do him some good though. The Romanian club have the option of purchasing the player for €4,000,000 at the end of the spell.

Luka Stojanović to Apollon Limassol (Undisclosed): Was highly promising when he first signed for the club but it seems Stojanović was deemed surplus. His move to Apollon should kick start his career but no word of any fees or future sales fees.

Betinho to Brentford (Loan): Probably the least expected of the loans but certainly a small coup for Brentford. Betinho will wear the 22 shirt for the team currently 8th in the Championship.

Estimated Transfer Income: (~€23,000,000)

Overall not a bad window for Sporting although the departure of Eric Dier for such a nominal fee is disappointing. The club’s profit on Rojo (if it stands) made the significant amount of money for the club.

Most importantly Sporting managed to keep hold of the likes of William Carvalho, Rui Patrício, Islam Slimani, Adrien Silva, etc.

January 2014 Transfer Window Round-Up

It was a busy transfer window for Sporting that went right to the last few seconds, here’s recap of the comings and goings of the January window:

Transfers In:

The transfer of Shikabala was completed just seconds before the closing of the transfer window. The terms with the player had been agreed early on in the day and the player had passed a medical before the transfer looked off due to complications with the player’s former club, Zamalek. Sporting were able to just make the transfer of the mercurial Egyptian playmaker in time with Sporting to pay approximately €500,000 to the club.

Shikabala has a contract until 2018 with a transfer release clause of €45,000,000 and will early the number 7 shirt.

Earlier on in the day Sporting also completed the transfer of Héldon Ramos from Marítimo for a fee of €1,400,000. An earlier bid by Sporting for both Héldon and Rúben Ferreira was turned down by Marítimo but the club were able to secure the transfer on deadline day.

Héldon has a contract until 2019 with a the familiar release clause of €45,000,000 and will be wearing the number 20 shirt.

Sticking with Marítimo, Sporting also agreed terms with Leocísio Sami to join the club for free at the beginning of the new season. Sami is out of contract with Marítimo this year but no word yet on the details of the contract.

That’s not all for what was a busy transfer deadline day, as Matías Pérez joined up with the B team. The Paraguayan central-defender from Club National will be on loan for 18 months at the club with Sporting have an option to buy in the future.

One big deal that was overshadowed perhaps was the completion of Fredy Montero’s transfer from Seattle Sounders. There was plenty of speculation that another club could snap up the Colombian forward but Sporting have made the deal permanent.

Elsewhere there was  the surprise signing of Ousmane Dramé on a free transfer from Padova to reinforce the B team. He will be another attacking option after the signing of Lewis Enoh from Sourense was completed just before the transfer window opened.

There was no departure for wantaway midfielder Elias with the club failing to agree terms with Flamengo and other interested clubs. For now the player is eligible to play for Sporting but that seems an unlikely outcome, the player will still be training with the B team, and it is likely that he can still move to Brazil where the season doesn’t begin until March.

Victor Golas also returns from his uneventful loan spell at Corona Braşov and will likely fight for his B team spot with Mickaël Meira and Luís Ribeiro.

Transfers Out:

The two big departures of the winter window were that of Jeffrén Suárez and Zakaria Labyad.

The former has rescinded his contract to join Real Valladolid. The club will save a massive €7.2m in future contracts to the player.

The latter, Labyad, was loaned out to Dutch club Vitesse where he will spend 18 months on loan with the club again saving money from the Moroccan’s wages.

A deal that was the most mutual was that of Fabián Rinaudo going on loan to Italian side Catania. The Argentine midfielder was finding it difficult to play any football due to the supreme season of William Carvalho. The midfielder was rewarded with a new contract as Sporting wish to keep hold of the midfielder if possible.

The only other permanent deal away from the club was that of Alexandre Guedes who joined Catalan club Reus Deportiu but there were plenty of other loan deals:

João Mário and Betinho to Vitória de Setúbal
Diogo Salomão to Deportivo de La Coruña
Salim Cissé to Arouca
Tobias Figueiredo to Reus Deportiu
Nuno Reis to Cercle Brugge

So it was in all a successful winter break for Sporting. The money saved from the wages of Zakaria Labyad and Jeffrén Suárez covering all of the signings into the club with some leftover.

Betinho Loaned to Vitória de Setúbal

Betinho has joined João Mário on loan at Vitória de Setúbal until the end of the season.

The striker has scored 9 times for Sporting B so far this season and his stint on loan should help his development whilst playing in the Primeira Liga.

Betinho told to the Vitória website: “I hope is a very positive time for me and for Vitória. It’s a huge honour to wear this shirt and I am thankful for the opportunity given to me to represent a club with so much history.”

With Salim Cissé also loaned out to Arouca this will put more pressure on the likes of Cristian Ponde to produce goals for the B team.

Transfer News 23/01/14

Another round-up of the latest transfer news and rumours…

With Atlético Mineiro dropping out and China seemingly no longer an option, Elias is getting closer and closer to signing with Flamengo. The two clubs are apparently almost ready to complete the deal with a figure being stated at around €5-6m for 50% of the player. Indeed, Flamengo are hoping the deal can be finalised today.

Nuno Reis looks set to leave for Cercle Brugge now on a permanent deal. The B team captain, who was one of many to get sent of against Leixões yesterday, is keen on the move. The stumbling block is that Sporting want €1m for the centre-back so instead a long term loan deal with an option to buy maybe favoured instead.

Betinho is another player who could leave Sporting B – but only on loan. Like João Mário and Salim Cissé who have both left for more competitive first team football the same may happen to Betinho. Although that would leave the B team light in attacking options going forward. Although the breakthroughs of Matheus Pereira and Daniel Podence could ease that situation.

Elsewhere Rayo Vallecano seems to be the only club interesting in signing Jeffrén Suárez. The player does want to leave for Rayo but the two clubs have yet to agree on a transfer fee for the player.

André Carrillo is reportedly ready to leave and double his wages at Stade Rennais.

Result: SPORTING B 2-0 Braga B

Abel Ferreira’s Sporting B side returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Braga B. Goals either side of half time from Betinho made the difference.

Abel made changes to his team with Mickaël Meira making his first appearance ahead of Luís Ribeiro. Elsewhere Eric Dier and Iván Piris featured in defence and Filipe Chaby started in midfield.

Despite early dominance at the Academia Sporting (still currently used to save the Alvalade pitch) the B team found it hard to create chances. The break through did come in the 43rd minute when Betinho headed in from an Iván Piris cross.

Just 6 minutes after the restart Diogo Salomão fed in Betinho again for the young striker to get his 9th goal of the season so far.

Braga B were unable to make much headway in the game and indeed Betinho perhaps should have had a hat-trick had it not been for Braga goalkeeper Tiago Sá.

The result sees Sporting B move back into 4th position in what is a very competitive Segunda Liga.

SPORTING B XI: Mickaël Meira; Mauro Riquicho, Eric Dier, Nuno Reis, Iván Piris (YC); Fabrice Fokobo, Wallyson Mallmann, Filipe Chaby (Kikas, 64′); Ricardo Esgaio (Carlos Mané, 83′), Diogo Salomão, Betinho (Scored, 43′, 51′) (Cristian Ponde, 72′)
Substitutes Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, Hugo Sousa, Rúben Semedo, Seejou King

Result: SPORTING B 2-0 Marítimo B

Abel Ferreira’s B team responded well after their disappointing defeat to Farense.

The game was held at the Sporting Academy with the club trying to save the Alvalade pitch for the first team.

Diogo Salomão set up Betinho to get the opener after 24 minutes with Sporting well in control of the game.

Sporting B deservedly doubled their lead early after the half-time break. This time Iuri Medeiros was the scorer with the help of a deflection after a short corner.

After 59th minutes there will be concerns for Abel when Samba had to be replaced due to injury with Fabrice Fokobo taking his place in central defence and Kikas moving on to midfield.

Despite Sporting being relatively comfortable throughout there was plenty of action for referee Manuel Oliveira, who had out plenty of yellow cards. Mauro Riquicho was sent off in stoppage time after receiving a second yellow card.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Mauro Riquicho (YC, YC), Nuno Reis, Samba (YC) (Kikas, 59′), Hugo Sousa (YC); Fabrice Fokobo (YC), Wallyson Mallmann, Iuri Medeiros (YC) (Scored, 49′) (Luka, 70′); Ricardo Esgaio (YC), Diogo Salomão, Betinho (Scored, 24′) (Cristian Ponde, 80′)
Substitutes Not Used: Mickaël Meira, Filipe Chaby, Seejou King, Wilson Manafá

RESULT: Oliveirense 2-3 SPORTING B

Sporting B’s excellent run of form continues with a hard fought victory away to Oliveirense.

In what was a very even start to the game at the Estádio Carlos Osório it was Sporting B who managed to get themselves in the lead just before the end of the first half thanks to Betinho.

A two goals inside of two minutes not long after the restart put Sporting B firmly in control. Firstly through Betinho once more and the second from in-form Iuri Medeiros.

The home side then began to get back into the game, firstly through midfielder Carela. Just 2 minutes after that an own goal by Nuno Reis put Oliveirense right back into the game.

After 67 minutes Salim Cissé was brought in place of Betinho, the Guinean striker making his return from injury.

Fortunately Sporting managed to hold on to move themselves up to 3rd in the Segunda Liga albeit having played 1 game more than 4th place Portimonense.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Mauro Riquicho (YC), Nuno Reis, Hugo Sousa (YC), Sambinha (YC); Fabrice Fokobo, Luka Stojanović (Wallyson Mallmann, 65′), Ricardo Esgaio; Diogo Salomão, Iuri Medeiros (Scored, 54′), Betinho (Scored 45′, 53′) (Salim Cissé, 67′)
Substitutes Not Used: Mickaël Meira, Wilson Manafá, Tobias Figueiredo, Seejou King, Kikas

Sporting Players Selected for International Duty

The following Sporting players will be representing their various national sides:

Argentina: Marcos Rojo
England U-21: Eric Dier
Portugal: Rui Patrício, William Carvalho
Portugal U-21: Luís Ribeiro, João Mário, Ricardo Esgaio, Betinho
Portugal U-19: Guilherme Oliveira, Mauro Riquicho, Gelson Martins, João Palhinha, Cristian Ponde

The biggest news there is of course the William Carvalho is called up to Paulo Bento’s national team for the first time. The midfielder had previously been on a provisional list but now has the opportunity to make his full debut for the senior side. Elsewhere Adrien Silva, André Martins and Cédric Soares are overlooked by Bento.

Result: Sporting da Covilhã 0-2 SPORTING B

Abel Ferreira had Eric Dier back for a game in the B team and so the England U21 player started in defensive midfield. The returning Fabrice Fokobo and Betinho started from the bench. With Sporting da Covilhã 5th in the Segunda Liga table at the start of the game. In fact, Francisco Chaló’s Covilhã had not lost a game since August.

There will be concern for Abel and his team when midway through the first-half when Salim Cissé had to be replaced due to injury by Betinho with just 39 minutes of the game gone.

The game was perhaps most notable for its sendings off with Covilhã being reduced to 10 men after 43 minutes when Alex Kakuba was sent off.

After the break it was Sporting B’s turn to go to ten men when Carlos Mané, one of the best players on the pitch, was also sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the game.

Sporting B took the lead late on in the 80th minute through substitute Betinho. The returning striker then doubled his lead just 6 minutes later to seal the win.

It’s a great result for Abel Ferreira’s side as they seem to have shaken off their poor run of form at the start of the season with 3 wins out of the last 3 games against some of the best teams in the Segunda Liga.

Sporting B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Mauro Riquicho, Nuno Reis, Hugo Sousa, Sambinha; Eric Dier, Kikas (YC), João Mário (YC) (Luka Stojanović, 64′); Ricardo Esgaio (YC) (Iuri Medeiros, 69′), Carlos Mané (YC, RC), Salim Cissé (Betinho, 39, Scored, 80′, 86′)
Substitutes Not Used: Mickaël Meira, Edelino Ié, Fabrice Fokobo, Felipe Chaby