Summer Transfers 2016 Review: Departures

So, how did Sporting do in the transfer market this summer? Here’s a look. First, we’ll start with the departures before the far more exciting stuff of arrivals.

André Carrillo to Benfica (Free) – Enough has been said of this transfer already.

Héldon Ramos to Rio Ave (Loan) – Another loan move for Cape Verdean and once again at Rio Ave. The forward doesn’t seem to feature in Jorge Jesus’ plans so it is only a matter of time before his permanent departure.

Mica Pinto to Belenenses (Free) – Mica Pinto was progressing well in the youth system and B teams but he suffered some major injuries which has hurt his development. Hopefully he can get back to his potential at Belenenses.

Luís Ribeiro to Estoril (Free) – Another player who had plenty of games for the B team but didn’t quite make the grade. Currently has José Moreira and Thierry Graça to beat in the pecking line up.

André Geraldes to Vitória de Setúbal (Loan) – Loan moves to Vitória de Setúbal seem to be a good thing for a lot of Sporting players lately, like João Mário and Rúben Semedo. Geraldes is 25-years old now so he really needs to impress if he wants to break into the Sporting first team.

Tobias Figueiredo to Nacional (Loan) – Tobias was on the fringes of the first team, with the arrival of Sebastián Coates making it difficult for him to get game time. A full season loan at Primeira Liga side should do that and so far he has scored against Benfica for the Madeira side, so that’s a good start.

Francisco Sousa to Gondomar (Free) – Featured for the U19s last season but not deemed good enough to be promoted to the B team so he leaves for Gondomar.

Jorge Silva to Leixões (Free) – Returns to his former club after failing to make the grade with the B team.

Seejou King to Aves (Free) – Had a really bad injury last season but Seejou King is another one who did well for the B team but couldn’t find their way into the senior side. Has yet to make his debut for the club.

Miguel Lopes to Akhisar (Loan) – Miguel Lopes is still a victim of his own high wage demands, another ghost of the Godinho Lopes regime. He joins a large Portuguese speaking contingent at Akhisar in Turkey.

Rafael Barbosa to União da Madeira (Loan) – Although the B team could use his services so far this season, Barbosa has been given a loan to União to improve his game. The 20-year old featured regularly last season and has so far played 6 times for União.

Zhang Lingfeng to Torreense (Free) – The Chinese midfielder didn’t make the grade for the club at youth level so has been given a new lease of life at Torreense.

Domingos Duarte to Belenenses (Loan) – Has played in all 3 of Belenenses’ opening games so far. The young central defender has been improving massively in the last year so can hopefully evolve to the next level in Belém.

Filipe Chaby to Sporting da Covilhã (Loan) – Chaby was an excellent prospect at youth levels but a few injuries have stalled his development. At 22-years old now it’s important that the midfielder impresses for Covilhã this season.

Cristian Ponde to Sporting da Covilhã (Loan) – Much like Chaby, this is Cristian Ponde’s season to try and shine. This is the forward’s first loan move away from the club and scored his first goal for Covilhã against Portimonense last weekend.

Oriol Rosell to Belenenses (Loan) – Rosell didn’t get as much game time at Vitória de Guimarães last season as was expected or needed. It seems Jorge Jesus isn’t a fan of the Spanish midfielder so this may be more a shop window loan for him.

Simeon Slavchev to Lechia Gdansk (Loan) – The Bulgarian midfielder arrived at Sporting a few years ago with a good reputation in his native Bulgaria. Slavchev has yet to convince though so he goes on another excursion, this time to Poland.

Hadi Sacko to Leeds United (Loan) – The French forward scored the winning goal on his Championship debut against Birmingham City. It is unlikely that he will return to Sporting after his loan season though.

Ousmane Dramé to Moreirense (Free) – The French forward was given a new lease of life in Portugal after his career in Italy floundered. He will be remembered for his one game and one amazing goal in the first team.

Zezinho to Levadiakos (Free) – The Guinea-Bissau international looked good for the first team when Jesualdo Ferreira first brought him in back in 2012, but the midfielder fell just short of the required ability for the first team.

Ryan Gauld to Vitória de Setúbal (Loan) – Another player who will hopefully make a large amount of progress at Setúbal. This is the Scottish midfielder’s first taste of Primeira Liga football so hopefully he can progress and fulfil his massive potential.

Francisco Geraldes to Moreirense (Loan) – A player who has already had a great start to life at Moreirense. When the rumours of Adrien Silva possibly moving to Leicester City, there were many calls for Geraldes to be called from loan to fulfil his role. Geraldes looks set to have an outstanding season and will hopefully return ready for the first team next season.

Aya Diouf to Sertanense (Loan) – The Senegalese defender only joined Sporting’s academy a few years ago and will move on loan to Sertanense before being given a B team shot.

Guilherme Oliveira to Cova da Piedade (Loan) – The young goalkeeper has plenty of competition at the club with Pedro Silva, Vladimir Stojković and Luís Maximiano currently the favoured choices. The 21-year old desperately needs regular gam time.

Teófilo Gutiérrez to Rosario Central (Loan, €1,200,000 fee) – Just when Teó was getting good he decided he wanted to return to Argentina. The move was a prolonged affair with the Colombian preferring River Plate as his destination. Although this is a loan move I wouldn’t expect to see Gutiérrez in a Sporting shirt again.

Kikas to Leixões (Free) – Kikas certainly can’t be faulted for his loyalty to the club and it’s only a shame he couldn’t break into the first team. Hopefully goes on to have a great career.

André Martins to Olympiakos (Free) – Despite his promise, André Martins couldn’t make his way into the team with the arrival of Jorge Jesus. Now he joins Paulo Bento in Greece and another player who hopefully finds his way back into prominence.

João Palhinha to Belenenses (Loan) – João Palhinha looked awfully close to getting into the first team this season but just fell short despite featuring a lot in pre-season. Hopefully improves ready to take his spot next season.

Alberto Aquilani to Pescara (Free) – After being stupidly sent off in a humiliating pre-season friendly, that probably sealed the departure of Aquilani. The Italian midfielder looked classy whenever he played but was not going to break into the first team last season and it seems even with the departure of João Mário was not a part of Jesus’ plans and departs.

Naldo to Krasnodar (€4,500,000) – Bought for €3m and sold for €4.5m, isn’t a bad piece of business from Bruno de Carvalho. Initially the Brazilian looked solid alongside Paulo Oliveira in defence but with the arrival of Sebastián Coates and the emergence of Rúben Semedo he found games hard to come by.

Hernán Barcos to Vélez Sarsfield (Loan) – Barcos didn’t impress at all in his stint, joining as part of the transfer of Fredy Montero out to China last season, he didn’t come close to the Colombian’s talent. Although his departure is a loan he is unlikely to return to the club.

João Mário to Internazionale (€40,000,000) – What can we say about João Mário? On the pitch and off the pitch the creative midfielder was a class act. There’s been plenty written about this so I don’t need to expand too much but hopefully João Mário excel at Inter and returns to the club one day in the future. The transfer fee, of course, is a record sale by Sporting and credit must go to Bruno de Carvalho for the negotiations.

Jonathan Silva to Boca Juniors (Loan) – The left-back has had his loan move to Boca Juniors extended after impressing there. With Jefferson seemingly not favoured by Jorge Jesus and Bruno César and Marvin Zeegelaar as the alternatives there’s certainly a spot for the Argentinian in the squad next season.

Ewerton to Kaiserslautern (Loan) – The Brazilian central defender was similar to Naldo in the sense that initially he looked solid but with other players emerging he fell down the pecking order. A move to the Bundesliga could be a good option for him and the German club have the option to buy the player at the end of the loan move.

Iuri Medeiros to Boavista (Loan) – Medeiros again got very close to the first team but just fell short so he will go on another loan move. He impressed at Moreirense last season and at 22-years old now this should hopefully be his final loan move before breaking into the first team.

Carlos Mané to Stuttgart (Loan) – Held back by the emergence of Gelson Martins and, perhaps, the arrival of Jorge Jesus, Carlos Mané hasn’t quite made it yet. After being incredibly promising early on and popping up with goals it seems his future may lie elsewhere. Of course, after his 2 season loan spell at Stuttgart, Mané could return to the club better than ever.

Daniel Podence to Moreirense (Loan) – Much like Iuri Medeiros, Daniel Podence was very close to making it into the first team this season. The diminutive and tricky attacker looked impressive in pre-season but recent transfers meant his first team appearances would be rare. With Sporting’s currently stacked list of young, tricky, quick attacking wingers extending to Matheus Pereira, Gelson Martins, Iuri Medeiros, Carlos Mané and Podence himself a loan move is the best option for him.

Wallyson Mallmann to Standard Liège (Loan) – Again so close yet so far for Wallyson as far as being promoted to the first team goes. Another loan spell may well be his last if he doesn’t impress Jorge Jesus.

Rúben Ribeiro to Aves (Free) – Some websites seem to have this transfer down as a loan but O Jogo claimed the player had rescinded his contract to join Aves on a 2-year deal. Indeed, a loan would probably have been better had he wanted to try and move up the ranks but it seems he’ll be going a different route.

Salim CIssé to Olhanense (Free) – The Guinean forward initially looked very promising but he hasn’t developed as Sporting would have hoped so he could revive his career with Olhanense after rescinding his contract.

Islam Slimani to Leicester City (€30,000,000) – Obrigado, Islam Slimani. Super Slim won everyone over with his passion, his late goals and his performances in the big games. Again, not much else is needed to be said about him as he was a firm favourite with the fans. Initially joining for €300,000 and leaving for 100x more, this will also be seen as the club’s best bit of transfer business to date. Hopefully goes on to have an excellent career and return in the future.

Zakaria Labyad (Released) – What could have been with Zakaria Labyad. The Moroccan has the talent and the potential but he can’t seem to find it when it matters, he won’t be missed and was a relic of the Godinho era.

Total loanees – 24 (almost putting Chelsea to shame)
Income – €75,700,000

Part 2 to follow later…

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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

More Players to Leave on Loan

There could be loan deals for Rubén Semedo, Wallyson Mallmann, João Palhinha, Mica Pinto, Luís Ribeiro and Kikas should all the reports be believed.

One move that is official so far is João Palhinha’s loan move to Moreirense where he looks to be joining teammate Iuri Medeiros. The move should prove a good challenge for Palhinha to play in the Primeira Liga after spending time with the B team.

Wallyson Mallmann is set move to France this season, joining with OGC Nice and should be another good step up from B team football.

Rubén Semedo looks set to move somewhere much closer, this time to Vitória de Setúbal, after spending last season on loan in Reus in Spain.

Finally, Mica Pinto, Luís Ribeiro and Kikas could be set to join former B team manager José Dominguez in Spain. Dominguez took over at Recreativo de Huelva back in March with the club relegated to the Segunda División B where they will play in Group 4 with outer Southern Spanish teams.

Sporting’s Champions League Squad Announced

Sporting have sent their squad list to UEFA which includes some notable absentees. Both Miguel Lopes and Shikabala are absent from the least leading to speculations over their future, the latter is expect to return to for a 4th stint with Zamalek. There were though inclusions for Ryan Gauld, Ramy Rabia, Hadi Sacko and André Geraldes.

The full list:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Luís Ribeiro, Guilherme Oliveira*, Pedro Silva*, Vladimir Stojković*
Defenders: Cédric Soares, André Geraldes Ricardo Esgaio*, Ramy Rabia, Maurício, Paulo Oliveira, Naby Sarr, Jefferson Jonathan Silva, Mica Pinto*, Tobias Figueiredo*, Domingos Duarte*, Wilson Manafá*, Bruno Wilson*, Bernardo Carlos*, Hugo Meira*, Mauro Riquicho*, João Serrano*
Midfielders: William Carvalho, Oriol Rosell, Simeon Slavchev, Adrien Silva, João Mário*, André Martins, Ryan Gauld, Wallyson Mallmann*, Filipe Chaby*, Francisco Geraldes*, Fábio Martins*, Rafael Barbosa*, Edelino Ié*
Forwards: Diego Capel, Nani, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané*, Héldon Ramos, Nani, Hadi Sacko,Junya Tanaka, Fredy Montero, Islam Slimani, Cristian Ponde*, Iuri Medeiros*, Daniel Podence*, Gelson Martins*, José Postiga*, Matheus Pereira*

The players with asterisks are part of the UEFA “B list”.

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.

More Sporting Players Representing Portugal

With the international break once again fast approaching it is no surprise to see several Sporting players representing Portugal.

Senior Side: Rui Patrício, André Martins, Cédric Soares
Paul Bento gives Cédric Soares the recognition he deserves for his fantastic improvements this season and, of course, his late winner against Braga wouldn’t have harmed his chances either. Rui Patrício, of course, is in the squad and André Martins regains his place. William Carvalho and Adrien Silva had both been in the preliminary squad but didn’t make it to the final list. William however did make it to the U-21 list.

U-21: Luís Ribeiro, William Carvalho, João Mário, Ricardo Esgaio, Betinho
Betinho has had his injury problems as of late so it is somewhat of a surprise to see him feature before he has even returned to B team action. No surprises in any of the other selections. Rui Jorge’s selection also includes two former Sporting players.

U-19: Guilherme Oliveira, Gelson Martins, Cristian Ponde
Hélio Sousa hasn’t chosen many Sporting players which is rather surprising considering the immense quality he did have to chose from.

Adrien called up to Portugal Squad

It had been perhaps a surprise that Adrien Silva was not originally called up to Paul Bento’s Portugal squad for the international break but due to Rúben Micael’s injury the French-born midfielder can finally made his Portugal debut.

Alongside Adrien are André Martins and, of course, Rui Patrício. This means Sporting have contributed the most players to this Paulo Bento selection (equal with Real Madrid) with 3.

The Portugal U21s will also be in action over the international break with Luís Ribeiro, João Mário, William Carvalho, Betinho and Ricardo Esgaio all included in the squad.

Transfer Round Up 2013: Signings

Well, that last post sure had a lot of outgoing. Now let’s see who arrived at the club.

Leonardo Jardim: Well, we have to start with the manager. There were some who wanted Jesualdo Ferreira to stay in charge of Sporting after he rescued what was a disastrous season but injecting some youth into the team. Bruno de Carvalho however wanted former Braga and Olympiacos manager, Leonardo Jardim. So far, it is looking like an excellent recruitment but only time will tell.

Jefferson from Estoril (€400,000): After the sale of Emiliano Insúa back in January and after the loan finished of the distinctly average Joãozinho, Sporting were after a new left-back. Jefferson was one of Estoril’s best players as he helped the club have one of its best ever seasons. From early signs so far it seems that Sporting have grabbed quite the bargain.

Seejou King from Nordsjaelland (undisclosed): Seejou King originally arrived on loan from the Danish club to compete in the B team but impressed enough to warrant making contract permanent. There is no word on any transfer fee but with the left-back having only one year of his contract with his former club remaining the fee would likely have been a compensatory one.

Sambinha from 1º Dezembro (undisclosed): A versatile player who impressed enough to gain a contract from Sporting. Sambinha is likely to be spending most of his time in Sporting B and indeed was part of the team that won the Taça da Honra earlier in pre-season.

Fredy Montero from Seattle Sounders (loan): Initially a loan move but more than likely to be turned into a transfer with the player already agreeing terms to stay at the club for longer. No word yet on what the future transfer fee might be but should he continue to play as he has started this season (5 goals in the opening 3 games) then any fee will be worth it.

Hugo Sousa (free): Hugo Sousa had been playing in Cyprus but left his club AE Paphos due to unpaid wages. The young central defender has signed a 5-year deal with Sporting and will initially start life in the B team but may well be cover for the central defenders in the first team as the season goes on.

Maurício from Sport Recife (€330,000): I was unable to find an official transfer fee for Maurício but the player did have a buy out clause of €330k at Sport and so that figure would have to be the maximum. Rumour has it that with the player’s intention to leave and his relatively short remaining contract that Bruno de Carvalho did manage to get an even better deal for the player. So far he seems to have settled in nicely and may well end up much better than Xandão at the very last. Indeed, Maurício scored on the first day of the season against Arouca – a great way to mark your debut.

Salim Cissé from Académica (€300,000): Signed as back up to Fredy Montero from Académica (who will receive 10% of any future transfer fee). Cissé is likely to be frequently playing for the B team to keep up his match fitness as he tries to become the number one back-up ahead of another new signing in Islam Slimani.

Welder from Palmeiras (loan): The 22-year old Brazilian signs on loan from Palmeiras. No word of any deals for future fees for the player. Welder can play either his preferred right-back role or at left-back as well.

Gerson Magrão from Esporte Clube Primavera (free): Magrão has spent the last few years on loan at Santos and also Figueirense after a spell with Dynamo Kiev. The 28-year old midfielder has plenty of experience to add to Sporting although his debut didn’t go so well. He was replaced by André Martins midway through the first-half having failed to make an impact on the game. He can only improve from there.

Islam Slimani from CR Belouizdad (Undisclosed): Forward Slimani will join Fredy Montero and Salim Cissé as our set of strikers for the forthcoming season. Slimani has an excellent scoring record in his native Algeria but we are yet to see whether that will convert to Portugal. No word on the fee paid for the player.

Tiziu from Corinthians (free): Promising youngster who had at one point been hugely rated in Brazil before his exceptional development stalled. At just 19-years of age there is still plenty of time for the player to grow as he will be giving Betinho competition leading the line of the B team.

Iván Piris from São Paulo (undisclosed): The Paraguayan right-back had spent last year on loan at AS Roma but the Italian club did not take up the option to sign him. Indeed, Sporting have yet to announce whether the signing of Piris is a similar deal to Roma’s or a full transfer but it is perhaps most likely that it will start of initially as a loan. Perhaps the best bit of Piris’ transfer is that the player had apparently been on Benfica’s radar.

Vítor from Paços de Ferreira (undisclosed): An unexpected last minute signing but Vítor has plenty of experience and should add depth to midfield. Vítor had been linked with Middlesborough, Hull City and other English clubs but eventually ended up at Sporting for an, as of yet, undisclosed fee. It seems that super-agent Jorge Mendes was instrumental in the deal. Rumour has the deal could be worth up to €600,000.

Total spent from player purchases (estimated): €1,630,000

Estimated total summer spending: -€18,470,00

As well as the new signings, perhaps the best aspect of Bruno de Carvalho’s first summer as Sporting president was the long term contracts handed out to some incredibly promising players. With the early departures of several youth prospects in recent years (João Carlos, Agostinho Cá, Edgar Ié, etc.) this should help ensure Sporting profit from what they help cultivate.

From tvi24, a full list of this summer’s new deals:

Mauro Riquicho: until June 2016, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Rúben Semedo: until June 2017, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Diogo Salomão: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Mica Pinto: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
João Mário: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Wilson Eduardo: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
William Carvalho: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Luís Ribeiro: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Ricardo Esgaio: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Edelino Ié: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Carlos Mané: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Filipe Chaby: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Cristian Ponde: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Iuri Medeiros: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Kikas: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Tobias Figueiredo: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Betinho: until June 2018, (€60,000,000 release clause)

So. All in all a successful summer for Sporting. Bruno de Carvalho is quickly righting the many wrongs of the Godinho era and it seems that the club have not only made a tidy profit but with various clauses in contracts will stand to make future profits as well. What more could we ask for at this stage?

Sporting’s Europa League Group Stage Squad Announced

Sporting’s squad for the group stage for the UEFA Europa League has been announced on the UEFA website. The full squad with B team members is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Victor Golas, Luís Ribeiro
Defenders: Daniel Carriço, Xandão, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Cédric Soares*, Tiago Ilori*, Emiliano Insúa, Tobias Figueiredo*, Michael Pinto*
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, Marat Izmailov, Zakaria Labyad, Fabián Rinaudo, Adrien Silva, Bruno Pereirinha, André Martins, Danijel Pranjić, Kikas*, Edelino Ié*, Filipe Chaby*, João Mário*, Luís Cortez*, Elias, Gelson Fernandes, Zezinho
Forwards: Jeffrén Suárez, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Capel, Valentín Viola, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané*, Iuri Medeiros*, Ricardo Esgaio*, Bruma*, Betinho*

(* – Players with an asterisk are on the ‘B list’)

Sporting Players Called for International Duty

A whole host of Sporting players have been called up for international duty by their respective clubs.

The international week will take place this week until Sporting return to action in the Taça de Portugal to take on Famalicão on the 15th October.

Below is the full list of Sporting players who will be on international duty this week;

Argentina: Emiliano Insúa and Fabián Rinaudo
Brazil: Elias
Bulgaria: Valeri Bojinov
Chile: Matías Fernández
Netherlands: Stijn Schaars
Peru: Alberto Rodríguez
Portugal: Rui Patrício and João Pereira
Portugal U21: André Martins, Luís Ribeiro, Cédric Soares, Pedro Mendes and Wilson Eduardo
USA: Oguchi Onyewu