Hernâni Moves South

Photo: FC Porto

Photo: FC Porto


Vitória Guimarães to Porto

In the most dramatic deal of yesterday’s transfer deadline day, Porto purchased Vitória Guimarães winger Hernâni for a fee of around 1.3 million euros on a deal that lasts until 2019. As part of the deal, Porto send Otávio, Ivo Rodrigues, and Sami on loan to Guimarães. It seems this deal could be beneficial to both parties, at least in the short term. Vitória lose one of their key players, but receive two exciting talents and one established league performer on loan for the rest of the season, which should lessen the blow of losing Hernâni. Porto, on the other hand, give their players a chance to develop at a team currently pushing for honors this season.

On paper, this deal seems straightforward, but let’s look a bit closer. For fans of the Portuguese game who have been paying attention over the past few seasons, this deal may strike some similarities to previous ones. The one that comes to my mind is the double capture of Ricardo Pereira and Tiago Rodrigues before the 2013/2014 season. Both had enjoyed wonderful 2012/2013 seasons at Vitória, despite it being the first season in the top flight for both. Porto came knocking, and secured both players on long-term contracts in the summer of 2013.

After arriving, neither players have had the kind of playing time they expected. In the season-and-a-half that Ricardo Pereira has been at Porto, he has only managed 15 league appearances (only eight of which were starts). In Tiago Rodrigues’s case, he hasn’t even made his league debut for Porto, but has instead spent his time either in Porto’s B squad or on loan at other Primeira Liga clubs. So for fans of the Portuguese Liga and the Seleção, Porto’s capture of Hernâni may not necessarily be a good thing in the long run. But only time will tell.

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