With preseason upon us, many Portuguese teams are already in the thick of squad formation. The transfer window has been open for not even two weeks and already, big moves have been made. Sporting CP, one of Portugal’s “Big Three,” have been active already this window. With his take on the transfer window is guest contributor, Joshua Bunting (Twitter: @Distillerymad).
Jorge Jesus has been busy already this summer strengthening his Sporting Lisbon side. The former Benfica manager has brought in Portuguese defender Fábio Coentrão and Frenchman Jérémy Mathieu. Jesus is clearly focusing on defence first and foremost with the signings and what a signing Coentrão could prove to be on loan from Real Madrid. Coentrão however said in a press conference that he would never play for former club Benfica’s biggest rivals, which led to abuse on his twitter account. However, this is the time now for the left-back to get his place back in the national team and impress Zidane ahead on the 2018-19 season to provide competition for Marcelo. The only doubt with Coentrão is his injury record as he only made 106 appearances for the current Spanish champions however the more concerning stat is that he’s played just 25 times in the last two seasons.
Sporting have also brought in Portugal U21 captain Bruno Fernandes, who impressed whilst in Poland for Portugal at the European Under 21 championships. The only doubt is whether Fernandes get the first team game-time that he deserves. Fernandes linked up with his new team from Serie A club Sampdoria where in total he made 33 appearance’s scoring 5 goals. Fernandes is seen as the Portuguese version of N’Golo Kante as he breaks up play very well in the centre midfield a very good acquisition from the club. Fernandes has penned a long term deal then in itself has caused media outlets suggesting Adrien Silva is on his way out of the Estadio Jose Alvalade with Spurs lining up a deal .
Seydou Doumbia has also joined up with the Leoes, translated in English as “the Lions.” A risky signing for Jesus as the striker does carry injury problems and never really settled in during his time at Newcastle United.
Mathieu has signed for the club after a successful trail and his leadership and experience will no doubt help his side climb the league table this season. Sporting CP should really be challenging for the title this season with the experience of Jesus and the transfer dealings so far .
Keeping Bas Dost however could prove to be the biggest signing of them all as he was runner up in the European golden boot race in 2016-17. The Dutch striker is said to be wanted by some top teams in Europe with Everton linked and Tottenham Hotspur who are also after Silva.