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.

Departures:

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.

Weekend Round-Up: Draw against Académica, Sporting B win, Marcos Rojo Speaks

It was a busy weekend for Sporting fans with the first team finally returning to action, albeit in disappointing circumstances.

Sporting we’re 1-0 up until the 90th minute before Rafael Lopes equalised for Académica. Sporting were not helped by William Carvalho who was sent off midway through the second half.

Marco Silva’s line-up was not far away from what would be considered Sporting’s “strongest” XI albeit with Naby Sarr making his debut replacing the suspended Macros Rojo. Fredy Montero also started ahead of the suspended Islam Slimani.

Sporting started off well and found their goal in the 15th minute when Jefferson floated in a fantastic cross that found the head of André Carrillo. The Peruvian winger headed down onto the post and into the net.

There were concerns for Sporting near the end of the half when Cédric Soares took a knock. The right-back managed to play on until half-time but was then replaced by another debutant, Oriol Rosell playing out of position at right-back. Marco Silva did have Ricardo Esgaio in his squad for the trip to Coimbra but not on the substitutes bench.

Sporting looked fairly comfortable until the 66th minute when William Carvalho received his second yellow card. The midfielder had looked out of sorts through out most of the game with an alarming amount of his passes going astray.

Marco Silva gave a debut to Paulo Oliveira not long after to try and sure up Sporting’s defence but they could only hold out until the 90th minute when Rafael Lopes struck well to earn Académica a point.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (Oriol Rosell, 45′), Maurício, Naby Sarr, Jefferson; William Carvalho (YC, RC), Adrien Silva, André Martins (Paulo Oliveira, 72′); André Carrillo, Héldon Ramos (Diego Capel, 62′), Fredy Montero
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, João Mário, Carlos Mané, Junya Tanaka

Sporting B however faired better with their game as they won 3-1 at home to Santa Clara.

Francisco Barão was without Rúben Semedo who was suspended for an altercation with Lewis Enoh last week.

It was the Cameroonian Enoh who opened the scoring when he finished a cross from Ricardo Esgaio.

Sporting were caught out for Santa Clara’s equaliser as a short corner found the defence flat-footed only for Materazzi to find himself in acres of space to make it 1-1 at half-time.

The B team improved greatly after the break and looked far more threatening than they did during the first half. Despite that though they found it difficult to break through the Santa Clara defence.

It looked like the B team were set to copy the first team’s scoreline until just 5 minutes before the end when Tobias Figueiredo headed home. The lead was doubled just minutes later this time by substitute Filipe Chaby.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Ricardo Esgaio, Sambinha (YC), Tobias Figueiredo (Scored, 85′), Mica Pinto; Fabrice Fokobo (Mauro Riquicho, 59′), Wallyson Mallmann, Ryan Gauld (Filipe Chaby, 83′, Scored, 90+3′); Daniel Podence (Iuri Medeiros, 62′, YC), Ousmane Dramé, Lewis Enoh (Scored, 18′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Domingos Duarte, João Palhinha, Jorge Santos

Marcos Rojo appeared on Sporting TV and apologised for his recent conduct that led to his suspension. The Argentine defender failed to turn up to training leading to a huge bust up between the club and Doyen Sports.

Rojo said “I’m sorry for what happened because I feel that I was unprofessional. Now I will try to correct the situation.”

The defender also denied a rumoured physical confrontation between himself and Bruno de Carvalho.

“Tomorrow I return to work with the squad, with my companions, and this is the most important and what we really like to do.”

Rojo did not rule out an eventual transfer away but stated he would like such a deal to be beneficial for both himself and the club. “But let me make it clear that I am very happy at the club, I love the way they treat me.”

News Round-Up: 16/07/04

Sporting were 4-0 winners in a behind closed doors inter-squad friendly against Sporting B last night. Goals from Wilson Eduardo, Salim Cissé, Héldon Ramos and André Martins gave Marco Silva’s side an expected win over Francisco Barão’s B squad. You’d be worried if it was any other way.

In other news Simeon Slavchev has returned to training after a minor injury meant he missed the game against the Açores XI.

Sporting looked to have captured to youth players to develop with the club next season according to Record. Versatile midfield Diogo Barbosa and and forward Luís Eloi are both 18-years old. Barbosa has already been well travelled despite his age with stints in the youth systems of Benfica, Porto, and Watford.

Sporting have been told by transfer target Alexander Milošević’s agent that the club should hurry up if they wish to capture AIK’s 22-year old Swedish centre-back. The agent claims that there is currently strong interest from a Serie A club. O Jogo speculates that that club is Hellas Verona.

Sticking with O Jogo, they believe recently managerless Juventus are readying a €16m bid for Marcos Rojo. The Argentine’s value has certainly increased after an impressive World Cup but he has been rumoured to join every other club you can think of.

News Round-Up: 14/07/14

Sporting kicked off their pre-season campaign with a win against an Azores XI on Saturday in Ponta Delgada and captured the Troféu Pedro Pauleta.

The game marked a first win for new coach Marco Silva and a whole host of first games for many of the new signings. Shikabala opened the scoring for Sporting in impressive style in the second-half before Santa Clara forward Hélder Arruda equalised just 2 minutes later. Sporting wrapped up the win with a Wilson Eduardo goal later on.

Marco Silva’s first XI was – Marcelo Boeck; Cédric Soares, Maurício, Eric Dier, Jefferson; Oriol Rosell, Adrien Silva, André Martins; Carlos Mané, André Carrillo, Fredy Montero.

After the break there was a huge amount of changes with Marco Silva swapping his entire outfield team. André Geraldes, Paulo Oliveira, Tobias Figueiredo, Mica Pinto, João Mário, Shikabala, Vítor Silva, Wilson Eduardo, Diego Capel and Junya Tanaka. Later on in the game also saw the introductions of Ryan Gauld and Héldon Ramos – only substitute goalkeeper Guilherme Oliveira didn’t feature.

Elsewhere, in case you’ve been living under a rock, the World Cup final finished with Marcos Rojo on the eventual losing side though the Argentinian had a great tournament.

In transfer rumours Eric Dier is being strongly linked with Newcastle United. O Jogo claiming the proposed transfer is “imminent”. Dier’s contract runs out in 2016 and it seems the defender is looking to move away from Sporting.

Islam Slimani’s racking up plenty of rumours with Leicester City the latest club to be linked with the Algerian striker.

Sporting have been linked with the signing of FC Twente winger Jerson Cabral. Cabral, of Cape Verdean descent, currently features for the Netherlands U21 side.

Finally, Record says that Valentín Viola and Salim Cissé have both been dropped down to the B team. Salim Cissé is perhaps likely to get on loan and whilst Viola homes to affirm his place in the Sporting team it looks like he may well be leaving the club soon.

News Round-Up 02/07: Sporting Sign Ryan Gauld

Sporting have completed the surprising signing of Dundee United Ryan Gauld for a fee of approximately €3,750,000. The announcement was made on the night of Sporting’s 108th birthday with Gauld signing a 6-year contract with a release fee clause of €60m.

18-year old Gauld, who was been nicknamed “Mini-Messi”, had been linked with a whole host of clubs after breaking through into the Dundee United team including Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Last season Gauld scores 7 goals in 37 games for the Dundee club.

At last night’s birthday gala Sporting (I Gala Honoris Sporting) presented its own awards here are the nominations and results from the football-related categories:

Youth Team of the Year was won by the U16 Juvenis B. They beat out competition from U17 Juvenis A, U16 Iniciados A, and U14 Incidiados B.

Best Academia Sporting football school was won by (Escolas Acadmeia Sporting Club Internacional de Foot-Ball) EAS CIF ahead of EAS Carnide, EAS Póvoa de Santa Iria and EAS Toronto.

Revelation of the Year went to, unsurprisingly, William Carvalho. Almost nominated were Carlos Mané, Cédric Soares, and João Mário.

William Carvalho of course one Footballer of the Year with Adrien Silva, Fredy Montero and Marcos Rojo also in contention.

And finally, Coach of the Year was won by Leonardo Jardim, beating out youth coach José Lima, U16 coach Pedro Gonçalves and U14 coach Tiago Fernandes.

Also presented last night were the club’s new kits for the upcoming season. After Sporting’s deal with Puma expired Macron are now manufacturing the kits. The goalkeeper’s shirt can be second second from left and the away and home kits fifth and sixth in the row.

Elsewhere defender Maurício admitted he would consider a call up to the Portugal national team should he not be called up by Brazil. Although with Paulo Bento’s well known dislike of “naturalised” players this option seems unlikely.

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.

Result: Belenenses 0-1 SPORTING

Sporting secured Champions League football and second place in the Primeira Liga with a 1-0 win over Belenenses thanks to Adrien Silva’s penalty.

With Cédric Soares suspended Leonardo Jardim elected to play Iván Piris at right-back. Elsewhere Carlos Mané and Diego Capel supported Islam Slimani up front.

It proved to be a tricky evening in the Restelo and Adrien Silva’s yellow card on the 38th minute means he will miss the next game against Nacional.

André Martins had the best chance of the first half for Sporting but they were unable to break the deadlock.

It took just 7 minutes of the second half for Sporting to take the lead though. Carlos Mané was brought down by João Meira and referee Cosme Machado pointed to the spot. Adrien Silva cooly stepped up to put Sporting ahead.

The home side improved after going a goal down and started to trouble Sporting. Marcos Rojo was given a straight red card, perhaps unfortunately so, in the 79th minute but Sporting managed to hang on to win and secure Champions League football.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Iván Piris, Maurício, Marcos Rojo (RC), Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (Scored, 52′) (YC), André Martins (YC); Carlos Mané (Eric Dier, 84′), Diego Capel (André Carrillo, 72′), Islam Slimani (Fredy Montero, 77′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Ricardo Esgaio, Vítor Silva, Héldon Ramos

Result: Paços de Ferreira 1-3 SPORTING

Sporting prevailed with a 3-1 win over Paços de Ferreira thanks to goals from William Carvalho, Marcos Rojo and Adrien Silva.

Leonardo Jardim elected to choose what has lately been his first choice team, the Carlos Mané and Diego Capel supporting Islam Slimani.

It was evident from the start why Paços de Ferreira have been a resurgent team lately in the Primeira Liga. Going forward they looked threatening especially through Bébé.

Defensively, though, Paços are still lax – as evidenced by Sporting’s first goal in the 13th minute. William Carvalho drove forward from midfield, played a one-two with Slimani before cooly slotting past Matías Degra.

Paços almost equalised almost 3 minutes later when Bébé forced an excellent save out of Rui Patrício with a powerful shot.

The home side were caught again in the 33rd minute when an Adrien Silva corner fell to the feet of Marcos Rojo. The Argentinian was in plenty of space and smashed home to double Sporting’s lead.

Jardim made one change at half-time with André Carrillo coming on for Carlos Mané after Mané picked up a knock in the first-half.

The second half proved more difficult for both teams with the visibility of in the stadium becoming very poor.

Paços were the team who coped with the fog the better of the two and Bébé pulled one back for the home side in the 54th minute. Some skill got him past Jefferson and the winger shot low and hard past Rui Patrício. Patrício in retrospect would have hoped to have done better with the shot.

It looked like Paços were likely to get the second goal as Sporting were finding it hard to regain possession but André Martins did well to pick up the ball and find Islam Slimani in space. The Algerian laid the ball on for Adrien Silva to brilliant smash past Degra from distance.

Adrien’s goal did well to take the pressure off but another moment of madness from Filipe Anunciação meant Paços de Ferreira were own to 10 men again. Anunciação was sent off handball against Sporting at the Alvalade earlier in the season.

The impressive Bébé almost pulled one back for Paços just before the end with a superbly struck free kick but Rui Patrício did well to save.

Paços de Ferreira proved tricky opponents for the most part of the game but in the end it was fairly comfortable for Sporting.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Maurício (YC), Marcos Rojo (Scored, 33′), Jefferson; William Carvalho (Scored, 13′), Adrien Silva (Scored, 66′), André Martins; Carlos Mané (André Carrillo, 45′, YC), Diego Capel (Héldon Ramos, 83′), Islam Slimani (Fredy Montero, 72′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Gérson Magrão, Vítor Silva

Result: SPORTING 1-0 Vitória de Guimarães

Sporting came out on top in a hard fought win against Vitória de Guimarães thanks to Marcos Rojo’s second half goal.

The game came one year after Bruno de Carvalho was elected Sporting president. The occasion saw the Sporting players don the names of sócios on the back of the shirts.

Leonardo Jardim elected to keep Carlos Mané in the team ahead of André Martins as Martins returned from injury. Elsewhere Héldon Ramos and Diego Capel supported Islam Slimani up front.

Sporting had the better of the first half but failed to create much in the way of clear goal scoring opportunities with the visitors defending well. Islam Slimani though was causing plenty of trouble for the Guimarães defence.

The game was more open in the second half and it wasn’t long until Sporting had the lead.

Marcos Rojo pounced on a cleared ball to see his deflected shot go past goalkeeper Douglas in the 48th minute.

Sporting scored a second goal only for it to be wrongly disallowed by the officials. A superb ball by Jefferson found Fredy Montero at the far post who slotted home.

Fortunately, despite late Guimarães pressure that decision did not prove to be costly for Sporting and they passed a tough test at the Alvalade to keep the pressure on Benfica and stay clear of Porto.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Maurício, Marcos Rojo (YC) (Scored, 48′), Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (YC), Carlos Mané (André Martins, 81′); Héldon Ramos (Fredy Montero, 46′), Diego Capel, Islam Slimani (YC) (André Carrillo, 74′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Vítor Silva, Wilson Eduardo