Unattached to Porto?
Reports coming out of Portugal suggest that Yannick Djalo is close to signing for FC Porto. Supposedly, the deal is mere hours away from completion, and will likely be relatively painless, since the winger is a free agent. Yannick had been very close to signing on at Aston Villa, but the proposed trial was rejected for one reason or another. If the move to Porto does materialize, Yannick will be the second player in the past two years to move from Sporting to Porto, the other being Joao Moutinho.
Portuguese forward Yannick Djalo, who has recently been caught in the middle of a mess regarding his summer transfer to Ligue 1 outfit OGC Nice, is still without a club after his trial with Aston Villa fell by the wayside. The striker had announced through Facebook that he was poised to go on trial with Premier League club Aston Villa early in December. Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has pulled the plug, however, stating that the loose ends regarding his contract mess between Sporting and Nice are the reason for the collapse.
Unattached to Aston Villa?
Yannick Djalo is reportedly very close to a move to Premier League regulars, Aston Villa, according to reports coming out of Portugal. The striker was bought by Ligue 1 outfit Nice in the summer on the last day of the transfer window. The paperwork, however, failed to clear in time, and FIFA deemed the transfer invalid. Sporting did not want the player back, as he was not in coach Domingos Pacienca’s plans, and because the contract with Nice was never validated, Yannick could not play in any official matches for either of the clubs. Yannick still trained with the French club, however, in an effort to maintain his fitness. His future was in doubt, but now, Aston Villa have come to the rescue. Reports coming out of Portugal state that the team is poised to swoop for the forward, either on loan or permanently. The player confirmed this move on Facebook, and it looks almost certain. If he is to play as a striker, Yannick will have to compete with Darren Bent and Gabriel Agblonahor, who have both been in fine form this season. He will most likely enjoy more opportunities on the wing.
The news just keeps pouring in, so here’s the latest.
1. Helder Barbosa: Porto to Nacional – The Portuguese winger has been owned by Porto ever since he started to play football professionally, but like other players (such as Andre Castro, Ukra, and Candeias) has showcased his skills at other teams. I have no idea how much the transfer was worth, but I am going to venture a guess and say that Nacional didn’t go cheap.
2. Marsielle strongly linked with Raul Meireles – The Portuguese midfielder has been linked with Sevilla and Fiorentina in recent days, but Marsielle has started to show more interest. Meireles, however, will move for no less than 8 million pounds, according to FC Porto.
3. Aston Villa Chasing Valencia’s Miguel – Valencia right-back Miguel has enjoyed a decent season for the Los Che, which is why Aston Villa are looking to bolster their squad with him.
4. Malaga Eyeing Quim – The Portuguese international goalkeeper is currently being courted strongly by Spanish side Malaga CF. Quim has played an integral part in Benfica’s recent Portuguese Championship campaign, so it comes as no surprise that other clubs will be following him.