With the January transfer window just more than half over, the deals are beginning to come faster and stronger. There is a lot of movement, mainly from Portuguese players abroad. Let’s take a look at the latest:
Benfica to Deportivo (loan)
After establishing himself as one of Benfica B’s most important players, Helder Costa has been loaned to La Liga side Deportivo until the end of the season. Deportivo does not have an option to buy, which hints that Helder Costa could be part of Benfica’s long-term plans. Earlier in the month, Costa, along with teammate Goncalo Guedes, was heavily linked with a loan to Primeira Liga strugglers Gil Vicente, but a move never materialized.
Porto to Parma (loan)
On loan at English Premier League side West Bromwich side for the first half of the season, Varela struggled mightily with injury. Despite some promising performances once fit, Varela has been recalled from his loan in England and sent to Italy to join Parma in another loan deal. This deal will last until the end of the season.
Braga to Akhisar
After a promising start to his Braga career, which led to his involvement with Portugal at Euro 2012, Custodio has struggled with injury and younger, more promising players. After only appearing in eight matches in the first half of this season, losing out to young gun Danilo, Custodio terminated his contract. Free to join any club interested in his services, Custodio chose Akhisar Belediyespor in the Turkish Super League. His contract runs until the end of next season.
Ricardo Vaz Te
West Ham to Akhisar
Much like Custodio at Braga, Ricardo Vaz Te’s stock fell during his time at West Ham. After helping the team to promotion to the English Premier League, Vaz Te never truly regained his status as one of the club’s most important players. And after virtually no playing time so far this season, Vaz Te had his contract rescinded, and immediately moved to Akhisar Belediyespor on a six-month contract.
Cesena to Free Agent
Following his departure from Turkish Super League side Besiktas in the summer, Hugo Almeida signed for Cesena in Italy’s Serie A. Since his arrival, he hasn’t managed to score, and his time at the club has been predictably cut short. Now free to roam wherever he likes, a move back to Turkey looks likely, with Bursaspor and Gaziantepspor both touted as potential destinations.