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.


OFFICIAL: Marcos Rojo to Manchester United, Nani Returns on Loan

The protracted Marcos Rojo saga came to an end yesterday when Manchester United and Sporting agreed terms for a €20,000,000 transfer with winger Nani returning to Sporting for a season long loan.

With Sporting now owing 100% Marcos Rojo’s economic rights it means a large profit for the club although Doyen Sports are likely to go to court. Sporting have however paid Doyen back the initial investment the company made in the player. Meanwhile €4,000,000 goes to Rojo’s former club Spartak Moscow as previously agreed in Rojo’s original transfer.

Sporting will receive €10,000,000 immediately – with a further €5,000,000 coming on January 1st 2015 and then against on July 1st 2015.

Most of the profit will go to building a new pavilion for the club which had already received €1,000,000 in fan donations.

Marcos Rojo will complete his medical at Carrington this morning because the transfer is finalised.

Manchester United will also pay all of Nani’s wages for his season long loan. The winger could re-debut this weekend against Arouca after leaving the club in summer 2007.

Transfer News 13/01/14

Another round up of the most recent news and rumours…

The incredibly awful newspaper the Daily Mail has been reporting that Nani could be set with a very surprising return to Sporting. With the winger seemingly out of David Moyes’ plans at Manchester United the paper speculates that Nani could be set for a loan move back to his former club. How Sporting would manage to afford his wages is, of course, not mentioned.

Nani had spent time at the Academia Sporting last year when it seemed he was again about to leave Manchester. For his part Bruno de Carvalho said it the player would “always be welcome” to return to the club.

His move could be made easier should André Carrillo’s agent get his way. The agent was taking to the Peruvian press when he said his player wants to leave the Alvalade before the end of the month. It would be unlikely that Sporting would sell without a high fee but newspaper Record says the club are ready to listen to proposals.

Meanwhile Islam Slimani is being linked with almost every Premier League club with Cardiff City, West Ham United and Fulham being some of those most referenced.

Transfer News 04/01/14

With the transfer window open there has been plenty of speculation in the press about various Sporting players as well as some concrete news as well. Here’s a recap of any recent developments:

Elias today trained with the B team after his return from Flamengo and thus now finds him in the same position as Jeffrén Suárez and Zakaria Labyad with all three players likely to leave soon.

There are plenty of rumours surrounding Kelechi Iheanacho possibly moving to Sporting. The club are said to be set to make a €300,000 bid for the the Nigerian U-17 starlet who is currently at the Taye Academy. There have plenty plenty of rumours since the midfielder impressed in the U-17 World Cup with Manchester City, Porto, Monaco, Arsenal, Udinese and Chelsea are just a small fraction of the clubs he has been linked to recently.

Victor Golas looks set to be set for a contract extension shortly. The Brazilian goalkeeper is currently on loan at Corona Braşov. The club are looking to tie the goalkeeper down until 2017.

Alexis Escudero, signed from Sporting’s new feeder club Real Cartagena, is set to join up in Lisbon at the end of the month. José Dominguez’s club has just started their pre-season.

There’s plenty of rumours around loan moves from B team players the latest have suggested Nuno Reis may join up on loan with Ricardo Sá Pinto at OFI Crete as well as the possibility of Ricardo Esgaio joining up with Cercle Brugge.

Fabián Rinaudo has been in Italy this weekend as he negotiates with Catania.

William Carvalho is still hugely featured in any British paper’s transfer rumour section with Manchester United having monitored the player intensively recently.

In some other news:

Daniel Carriço is set to make his loan deal to Sevilla from Reading permanent and the transfer fee of €1.5m will see Sporting get €75,000. Better than nothing.

Bruno de Carvalho has stated that the door will always be open for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to the Alvalade. Of course, it’s not going to happen just yet.

Patrício Uncertain of Future

With the continuing links of Rui Patrício to a move away from Sporting, and with a likely destination being to Manchester as a replacement for the retiring Van Der Sar it’s unsurprising that much has been made of Patrício throwing his shirt into the crowd last night.

It seemed to many to be Patrício giving a farewell to the Sporting faithful in the last home match of the season but the goalkeeper has tried to distance his actions from being perceived as a goodbye. “It was not a farewell” said the Portuguese international after the game “it was an appreciation for the support they gave.”

The rumours will still persist regardless until a finalised deal is done, or until the transfer window slams shut. Patrício, who made his debut as a Leão in 2006, was noncommittal to the club, saying he was unsure where his future lay “Anything can happen. I’m very happy at Sporting, and for me the most important is to continue working and developing. “

Transfer Rumour: Rui Patrício to Manchester United?

It’s a pretty obvious rumour, so it’s no surprise that it’s one doing the rounds. At the moment Manchester United are going to be linked with every top class goalkeeper as Edwin Van Der Sar retires at the end of the season.

According to A Bola Manchester United has scouts at the Dragão on Sunday night (as well as having scouts at the Vicente Calderón Stadium to watch David De Gea). Anybody watching that match will be very impressed with Rui Patrício’s performance despite the fact he let in 3 goals.

United seem odds on at the moment to sign David De Gea but with 2nd choice United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak looking likely to depart Old Trafford in the summer, it would be no surprise if the club signed two goalkeepers this summer, even in spite of the recent signing of Anders Lindegaard.

Should Rui Patricio depart for Manchester, it could leave Sporting with the need to sign 3 new goalkeepers this summer as A Bola also reports both Tiago and Timo Hildebrand are possibly on their way out.

Although, I’d add it’s unlikely that Tiago Ferreira will leave, he has been at the club since 1995 and is now 35, what else could he go on to? Timo Hildebrand though seems much more likely to move on at the end of the season.