Transfer News 28/03/14

You can tell it’s near the end of the season as those transfer rumours are really hotting up.

Olympique de Marseille are apparently pursuing both Diego Capel and manager Leonardo Jardim. Capel has been linked with the French side before and it seemed likely at one stage that Marseille would be his destination but nothing came of it.

Jardim’s case is different but reflects the fact that the manager only has a further season remaining on his contract. Record says the manager wants to say and last night in a television interview with TVI 24 that the process for a renewal will be dealt with at the end of the season.

Fabián Rinaudo is currently on loan at Serie A’s bottom club Catania but the Sicilian club have expressed interest in keeping the player. Catania are ready to pay €5,000,000 to keep the player at the club but that would solely rely on whether they regain top flight status in Serie A.

After having already bought one Sporting centre-back it seems Liverpool are linked with another, this time Marcos Rojo. The Argentinian certainly has improved this season and that may well have gone noticed by other clubs.

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Sporting Want to Bring Back Tiago Ilori on Loan

According to Sky Sports it seems Sporting are looking to bring back Tiago Ilori on loan from Liverpool.

The 20-year old defender joined Liverpool in the summer £7,000,000 but has yet to make a single senior appearance for the club. Rumours have linked him to loan moves to Valencia as well as several other clubs.

Sky quoted a “Sporting club source” as saying: “We have decided to study this subject but it depends on the Reds and formally we have not received any communication.”

A move would be best for the player as his development may well have stalled. Perhaps the club should throw in João Carlos Teixeira as well – last seen on loan at Brentford.

Transfer Round Up 2013: Departures

So, that’s the transfer window done and dusted and all around there’s quite a few positives for the club, Bruno de Carvalho and Sporting fans.

In a nice two-part post let’s look at the departures from the club before we get to the good stuff:

Gael Etock to Cercle Brugge (loan): There was initially some confusion as to whether or not this move was a loan or a permanent deal. Judging by the fact that the Belgian club’s website states his contract is until 2014 we’ll assume that this is a loan deal. Cercle Brugge is essentially our feeder club, after all. Etock was called up to a few of Jesualdo Ferreira’s first team squads last season but could only make the bench some more competitive team football may well be what he needs.

Renato Neto to Gent (loan): I had though perhaps that Renato Neto may get some B team action this year but he has been sent to Gent on loan again for another season. The Brazilian midfielder still has a contract with Sporting until 2015 so still has a chance to make an impact at the club when he returns.

Gelson Fernandes to Freiburg (€500,000): He must definitely won’t be missed. Failed to produce much in his stint with the club and was loaned out to FC Sion as soon as possible.

Farley Rosa to FK Sevastopol (?): Initially Farley Rosa looked rather good for the U19 team. Some may remember his fantastic goal against Liverpool at Anfield in the NextGen tournament. He couldn’t force his way into the B team last year and was moved on to Ukrainian club Sevastopol. No idea about any fees involved (I assume there was at least something) as this was not a widely reported on transfer.

Luís Cortez to Belenenses (?): A similar case here to the Farley Rosa transfer. Another youngster who showed some promise but perhaps just wasn’t good enough to make the grade at the Alvalade. At Belenenses he may have hoped to get some first team football was immediately loaned out to SC União Torreense.

Miguel Lázaro to Vitória FC (?): 18-year old goalkeeper who made the transfer to the other side of the river to join Setúbal.

Miguel Lopes to Lyon (loan): The French club have an option to purchase the right-back for €10,000,000 should they want to. The main reason for this loan is Miguel Lopes’ high wages (thanks again, Godinho). He had a fairly solid end to the season although nothing spectacular.

Stijn Schaars and Santiago Arias to PSV Eindhoven (€1,600,000): Stijn Schaars’ sale is another transfer that aimed to reduce the wage budget although last year he was not nearly as good as he was in his debut season. The price is perhaps a little low when you consider how promising Santiago Arias looked at times whilst still being very young. Hopefully the club has inserted a % of future sale clause in his contract.

Sunil Chhetri to JSW Bangalore (?): Sunil Chhetri barely got a look-in at Sporting B last year and the entire transfer seemed like a ploy by Godinho Lopes to try and get some interest from Indian investors or tap into the market there. Neither or those worked and we also got a player who was not very good. No word on the transfer fee (if any).

Valentín Viola to Racing Club (loan): Viola returns to the club he calls home to Racing Club (he has a tattoo of the club’s crest on his arm). The Argentinian forward never impressed to much at the Alvalade scoring just 2 goals in 28 games. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t not make his return to his old club permanent after the loan deal is done.

Jorge Chula to Marítimo (free): Signed as an addition to the B team, Jorge Chula never managed to impress too much. A solid player that should do just fine at Marítimo instead.

Leandro Grimi to Godoy Cruz (?): Leandro Grimi looked very promising once upon a time after first arriving at AC Milan. He never managed to build on that and he has moved permanently to the club where he was on loan last year. No word on any fee but I imagine not much if anything.

Nii Plange to Vitória Guimarães (free): Nii Plange was signed essentially to fill out the ranks of the B team last year. The Burkinabé / Ghanian isn’t a bad player and will probably do ok at Guimarães and indeed Sporting will receive 50% of any future transfer fee.

André Santos to Vitória Guimarães (free): We all had high hopes for André Santos but it seems his development stalled and now was perhaps the perfect time for him to leave the club. André Santos’ contract was terminated with the club so he was free to move on.

Atila Turan to Stade de Reims (free): Turan looked promising when he first signed for Sporting from Grenoble Foot 38 but couldn’t manage to force his way into the team and spent most of his time out on loan. Sporting will receive 40% of any future transfer.

Tiago Ilori to Liverpool (€7,500,000): A hugely talented prospect but Ilori’s demand for higher wages meant he was likely to leave the club. Liverpool had long been interested and finally managed to get their man for a fair fee. Included in the contract is a clause that will mean Liverpool cannot sell the player to either FC Porto or Benfica

Danijel Pranjic to Panathinaikos (free): I was hopeful when Sporting signed Danijel Pranjic that would be a great addition to the squad… how wrong I was. Pranjic failed to make any sort of an impact at the club and he was free to leave for Greece.

Diego Rubio to Pandurii (loan): The club that is now best known for knocking out Jesualdo Ferreira’s Braga out of the Europe League have taken Diego Rubio on loan with an option to buy for €10,000,000. Rubio arrived in Portugal from Chile with huge promise but needs some more competitive football to try and fulfil it.

Zezinho to Veria FC (loan): Zezinho looked like he was just about to break into the Sporting team at the end of last season and had a few rather good showing in midfield (especially against FC Porto). The club have decided to give him a loan to Greece where he should be facing a higher level of competition more regularly then he would with the B team. May well help improve his development.

Bruma to Galatasaray (€10,000,000): Finally. The saga ended. Bruma played just 13 games for Sporting but from what you would have read in the papers you’d be forgiven for thinking he had been at the club for a decade. Bruma took some bad advice and failed to worm his way out of his contract to move away from the club. After the entire debacle with the courts there was no way back for Bruma at Sporting. Indeed, Bruno de Carvalho will happy to have received such a substantial offer for a player who would have been able to sign for any other club for free in January. On top of the initial transfer fee there are also €3,000,000 worth of future add-ons as well as a similar clause in the contract to that of Tiago Ilori that ensure Galatasaray cannot sell the player to Porto or Benfica.

Khalid Boulahrouz released: YAY!

EDIT: Victor Golas to Corona Brasov (loan): A very late move sees Sporting B goalkeeper to Romanian side Corona Brasov on loan. The move will see Luís Ribeiro and Mickaël Meira compete for the B team spot.

Total profit from player sales (estimated): €20,100,000

Perhaps some of the most important pieces of business over the summer now is those who didn’t go.

Rui Patrício: How on earth we kept Rui Patrício, I don’t know. It helped that Bruno de Carvalho had made sure any bids would have to be substantial and, considering Patrício’s talent, fair. There were rumours of Monaco, Arsenal and a whole host of other big spending clubs but nothing came of it and São Patrício remains saving our asses for another year.

Diego Capel: Although very talented Diego Capel seemed likely to leave with his high wages and Sporting hoping to make some sort of money out of the Spanish winger but the transfer window shut before any deal was made. There seemed to be various clubs interested from Liverpool to Olympique de Marseile but, for now, Capel stays.

Jeffrén Suárez: The disappointing Jeffrén stays at the Alvalade for another season. A mix of injury, high wages and some poor performances made it likely that the winger would leave but despite interest from a host of La Liga club no deal was made. A stint in the B team maybe likely as he becomes back up to André Carrillo, Wilson Eduardo, Diego Capel and even Diogo Salomão.

Zakaria Labyad: Still only 20 but Zakaria Labyad did not seem to be anyway near the level we may have expected from him last season. Frequently wasteful or anonymous Labyad couldn’t find a first team place although his technical talent is without question. Labyad’s high wages meant to club were keen to get rid of him and sent him to the B team. The player had flirted with the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Ajax, and a few other Dutch clubs but nothing came of it.

Evaldo: How is he still here? The club did try to cancel Evaldo’s contract but the player did not want to and so will stay for at least another season and pick up some more money. Evaldo will now become back up to Jefferson, Welder and perhaps Mica.

In tomorrow’s post we look at all of our new signings as well as all the many players who were handed new long-term deals at the club.

NextGen Match Report: SPORTING 5-1 Liverpool

Sporting’s U19 side ended the group stages of the NextGen tournament in emphatic fashion beating Liverpool 5-1.

The fixture had the potential to be a fairly stale affair with both teams having progressed through the group stages already. Happily though the game turned out to be an exciting encounter with both sides having chances with some good attacking football on display.

Edgar Ié opened the scoring for Sporting after 18 minutes when Betinho laid off a free-kick from outside the area for the Guinea-Bissauan to drill a low hard shot past the reach of Tyrell Belford to put the group leaders ahead.

Felipe Chaby’s low drive gave Sporting a 2 goal margin when he was found in acres of space in the Liverpool box.

Liverpool pulled one back just 4 minutes later with Michael Ngoo shooting past Rafael Veloso. The big man did well to weave his way through the penalty box to put the Anfield back in with a chance.

Ricardo Sá Pinto’s side looked good in possession but were susceptible to the pace of Liverpool on the counter-attack and before the end of the half Rafael Veloso needed to make a few saves to keep Sporting’s lead in tact.

It took 8 minutes after the restart for Sporting to grab a third goal – this one a superb strike from Betinho. Betinho skillfully converting a cross in with a spectacular overhead scissors kick to put Sporting 3-1 ahead and grabbing his 5th goal of the NextGen tournament. Betinho was getting on the end of a cross again once again on the 61st minute to make it 4 for Sporting and seal the victory for the young lions.

Sporting weren’t finished there though as substitute Gaël Etock hit a superb strike from long range over the head of Tyrell Belford to add extra panache to the final scoreline an ensure they go into the knock-out stages as one of the tournament’s favourites.

SPORTING XI: Rafael Veloso; Ricardo Esgaio, Edgar Ié (Scored 19′), Tiago Ilori, Mica; Iuri Medeiros (YC), João Mário, João Carlos, Felipe Chaby (Scored 34′) (Agostinho Cá 67′), Bruma (Carlos Mané 74′); Betinho (Scored 53′, 61′) (Gaël Etock 82′, Scored 86′)
Subs Not Used: Pedro Duarte, Rúben Semedo, Rodolfo Simões, Mateus Fonseca

Emiliano Insúa Signs for Sporting

Today Sporting Clube de Portugal have completed their 15th summer signing in Emiliano Insúa, the Argentina and former Liverpool left-back.

Insúa spent last year on loan to Galatasaray after failing to make an impact at Anfield. The arrival this summer of José Enrique from Newcastle United meant that playing time for the Argentine would become even harder to get, and at only 22 he still has a lot to give.

Emiliano Insúa has signed a 5 year contract with Sporting and will now have to contend with Evaldo Fabiano and Atila Turan for the left back spot.

There is no word yet on any transfer fee and for now the details remain undisclosed.

“I am delighted to start training and playing here,” Insúa told the Sporting official website.

“Sporting is one of the big Portuguese clubs and is recognised for having top players.

“The club is always looking to win titles. I will give everything for Sporting.”

Insúa has been given the number 48 shirt and could well take some part of the game at home to Marítimo on Sunday.

NextGen Report: Liverpool 0-3 SPORTING

Sporting Clube de Portugal’s youngsters got off to a flying start in their first NextGen match with a 0-3 win away to Liverpool at Anfield.

Ricardo Sá Pinto’s side started off a little bit nervous, perhaps understandably so given the circumstances but it was not long before they started to settle more into the match. Liverpool looked dangerous at times, particularly when the promising Raheem Stirling had the ball.

Sporting’s passing was one of the highlights of the game and their ability to work the ball around the pitch well was the catalyst for the first two goals. João Teixeira finished the first one after some excellent build up play, in particular the back heel to put Teixeira through by Betinho – Alberto Coelho.

Sporting’s second goal, another well worked passing move that came to Iuri Medeiros on the right hand side who crossed it Betinho this time to be the finisher.

Liverpool did have some chances in the first, in particular Suso who should have scored from Adam Morgan’s pass but his shot went high over the bar.

For the second half Liverpool had the much better of the ball but found it hard to break through the Sporting defence. Rodolfo Borrell’s side lacked the cutting edge and invention that Sporting had down in the first half.

Perhaps the best goal of the night was the final one in the 86th minute, the young Brazilian Farley Rosa struck a brilliant effort from the edge of the box that left Liverpool goalkeeper, Tyrell Belford, absolutely helpless as the ball struck in the inside of the frame of the goal and went in.

Overall it was a great night for the Sporting U19 team and Ricardo Sá Pinto will be very happy with what he saw, especially the likes of Betinho and João Teixeira. The next game for the young Leões will be at home to Wolfsburg on the 31st August.

NextGen U19 Begins Tonight

The new NextGen tournament begins tonight as Sporting’s U19 team travels to Anfield to face Liverpool in their first game. Ricardo Sá Pinto, who will be coaching the NextGen Sporting team, said of the game “Our players have a different level of competition, we know these setbacks, but we will do our best, without losing our identity and way of playing.”

The squad traveling to Liverpool is: Alexandre Guedes, Betinho, Bruma, Filipe Chaby, Carlos Mané, Farley Rosa, Iuri Medeiros, João Teixeira, João Mário, Luís Cortez, Mica Pinto, Mickaël Meira, Rafael Veloso, Ricardo Esgaio, Rodolfo Simões, Rúben Semedo, Tiago Ilori.

There will be pressure for Sporting’s young team, with the reputation of the club as a leader in youth football to be defended.

For those in the UK the match will be broadcast live on Liverpool’s own TV channel.

NextGen U19 Series Fixtures Announced

The upcoming fixtures for the NextGen Series for U19 players has been announced. The tournament, which takes form of a sort of youth Champions League will begin for Sporting on August 17th.  The Leões have been drawn in a group with Liverpool, Wolfsburg and Molde.

August 17th: Liverpool vs. SPORTING
August 31st: SPORTING vs. Wolfsburg
September 21st: SPORTING vs. Molde
October 5th: Molde vs. SPORTING
October 19th: Wolfsburg vs. SPORTING
November 23rd: SPORTING vs. Liverpool

The next round of fixtures is likely to be played in Abu Dhabi in January should Sporting progress.