Beira-Mar to Sporting (loan w/ option to buy)
Following the departures of Emiliano Insua and Daniel Pranjic to Gremio and Celta respectively, Sporting has snapped up Beira-Mar left-back Joaozinho on loan until the end of the season. According to reports coming out of Portugal, Sporting chose to loan Joaozinho because he was one of the cheapest options available. Currently sitting in eight in the Portuguese league, Sporting are struggling this season, both on and off the field. The financial problems of the club have come to light recently, and this move was surely an attempt to cut-back at the club. At the end of the loan, the contract states that Sporting may purchase Joaozinho for 750,000 euros.