Parma to Sassuolo
After a limited amount of playing time so far for Serie A side Parma, Pedro Mendes has sealed a free transfer to league-strugglers Sassuolo.
Braga to Gil Vicente (loan)
After moving to Braga from Benfica this summer, Vieira has found playing time hard to come by this season. In the opportunities he was given at Braga, Vieira failed to impress. Now, Vieira will join the club where he made his start seasons ago.
Sporting to Vitoria Setubal (loan)
After impressing this season for Sporting B, scoring nine in 17 games, Betinho will now have his first opportunity at playing in the Liga Zon Sagres, joining Vitoria Setubal on loan until the end of the season.
Real Betis to Academica (loan)
Salvador Agra has joined Academica on loan until the end of the season after a disappointing loan spell at Braga during the first half of the season.
Benfica to ?
Benfica announced today that Andre Gomes has been sold to an unnamed team for 15 million euros. After a promising start to his Benfica career, Gomes has found playing time very limited, and although Matic has departed the team for Chelsea, it does not appear that Gomes will see more playing time. Liverpool have been touted to make a move for the midfielder, and Anfield could very well be where Gomes ends up at the end of the day.
Real Betis to Palermo
Real Betis right-back Nelson has made the switch to Italy to join Palermo. The Italian side are struggling in Serie A so far this season. Normally a top half team, Palermo now finds itself second to last in the Serie A, with only 17 points from 22 games. Real Betis, however, is currently over-performing in La Liga, and currently sits at fifth in the standings. Nelson has appeared only ten times in the league for Betis so far this season, but will most likely become an important part of Palermo.
Real Betis to Siena (loan)
Real Betis have decided to loan out Salvador Agra to Serie A side Siena until the end of the season. Currently in last position in the Serie A, Siena are looking for reinforcements to help with the relegation battle. Real Betis, on the other hand, is flying high in La Liga, and is looking to consolidate their squad. Agra moved to Betis this past summer, after impressive performances for the Portuguese Under-21 team and for Olhanense. He has found playing time relatively plentiful, but has not quite adapted to the league. Now, he will join up with fellow countryman Luis Neto, who he played with in his earlier days at Varzim, and attempt to battle away for Siena.
Olhanense to Real Betis (end of season)
It is finally official. Olhanense winger Salvador Agra has signed for La Liga side Real Betis. There had been speculation as to whether or not the deal had actually gone through, but all doubts were vanquished whan the Olhanense president confirmed the transfer. Agra won’t meet up with his new teammates just yet, however. The winger is poised to finish the season with the Portuguese club. Real Betis grabbed the winger for a fee of 200,000 euros, and Olhanense still hold 10% of his rights.
Olhanense to Real Betis (almost)
Olhanense winger Salvador Agra has reportedly passed a medical ahead of a move to La Liga side Real Betis. Betis had been interested in the player, and had had two bids rejected. Now, however, the Spanish club has had an offer accepted. The amount of the transfer remains unclear. One outlet reports 200,000 euros, while another reports 500,000. It also remains unclear whether or not the U-21 international will join Betis immediately, or remain at Olhanense for the rest of the season. Regardless, Salvador Agra has passed his medical and is excruciatingly close to completing a move to Real Betis.
There almost always seems to be more rumors during the transfer window than actual deals. This season has not been an exception, and with the rumors flying in, here are some of the more notable ones.
Olhanense to Real Betis?
Salvador Agra has been nothing short of a revelation for Olhanense this season. The winger, who can also be deployed as a striker, joined Olhanense from Varzim at the beginning of the season. Not much was expected of him, at least not as much as he as shown. Though he has only scored once thus far this season, he has proved himself as a vital piece of the team through his lively and smart play. Other clubs have not ignored this. Real Betis look to be front-runners for his signature. Osasuna and Koln have all said to be interested recently, and Betis even had an offer rejected. Olhanense has stated that they do not plan to sell the winger, regardless of the price.
Porto to Roma?
Another winger that may be on his way out of Portugal is Silvestre Varela. Varela was in spectacular form last season, and was one of the reasons that Porto were as successful as they were. This season, under new coach Vitor Pereira, Varela has found playing time much too hard to come by. The arrival of Djalma from Maritimo in the off season has reduced his playing time further, and talk of winger Yannick Djalo joining the club may just be the last straw. Varela is fed up with sitting on the sidelines, which will undoubtedly hinder his chances of making the Portuguese squad for Euro 2012. Roma’s ears have perked up at all of this talk. The Italian giants are said to have made Varela their number one target.
The transfer window has been quiet up to this point, but it appears that things may be starting to heat up. Here are two stories, one a loan and one a permanent transfer. While these are most likely not huge stories, they are nevertheless interesting.
Porto to Braga (Loan)
Porto right-back Miguel Lopes is set to spend the remainder of the 2011-2012 season on loan at fellow Liga Zon Sagres outfit, SC Braga. Lopes has not played in a single competitive match this season for Porto, and this move will surely come as a relief for the defender. The right-back spent the entirety of last season on loan to then-Segunda Division side, Real Betis. Lopes was instrumental in the team’s promotion back into the Spanish topflight. On the last day of the summer transfer window at the beginning of this season, Zaragoza reportedly made a bid for Lopes. The offer was accepted, but eventually fell through due to the time constraint. Miguel Lopes will join up with his new teammates shortly and begin training.
Sporting to Genoa (end of season)
Diogo Rosado, once tipped to be a star for the future, is set to leave his homeland, according to reports coming out of Portugal. Currently on loan from Sporting at Liga Zon Sagres side Feirense, the winger has been impressing. A solid performance against Benfica earlier in the season was thought to be a sign of things to come. Unfortunately, playing time has not been ample for the 21 year-old. He has only managed four starts for the club this season. Anyhow, Rosado has been on the books at Sporting since 2001, but he looks to break that at the end of the season. His contract with the Lisbon-based club runs out at the end of the season, and Genoa either has, or shortly will, offer him a 5 year-contract.
Real Betis to AC Milan?
Real Betis youngster Fabio Lopes is set for a move to A.C. Milan, according to reports coming out of Portugal. The 18 year-old has been dubbed the new Rui Costa by many news sources, which is quite a comparison to live up to. A.C. Milan have reportedly agreed a deal, and a medical has been passed, but final stipulations must be ironed out to complete the move. Juventus, Parma, Ajax, and PSV were all said to be interested also, but it appears that Milan will snatch the youngster up. Lopes is currently playing with Betis’s youth team. “I hope I can reach an agreement with AC Milan in order to join the team. However, if negotiations do not run as expected, other alternatives have in Italy. I feel very motivated though things are not yet fully confirmed. I’m still waiting for an answer,” Lopes said. If Lopes indeed joins Milan, he will be the team’s third Portuguese acquisition this summer after Ricardo Ferreira joined from Porto and Pele joined from Genoa.
Former Portuguese international, Ricardo, has signed for Liga Zon Sagres side Vitoria Setubal for one season. Negotiations had been going on for some time, and the deal was finally agreed. Ricardo spent the last half of last season at Leicester City, in the Championship, England’s second division. The goalkeeper did well, amassing eleven appearances, but the club chose not to lengthen his contract. His contract ended, and he has since been looking for a new club. Ricardo will now return to Portugal, a place he hasn’t played in since 2007.
Porto full-back Miguel Lopes will spend the rest of the 2010-2011 season in the Spanich second-tier with Real Betis. Lopes, who impressed for Rio Ave in the 2008-2009 season, was quickly snapped up by Liga powerhouse FC Porto. He has since found playing time hard to come by, with Fucile and Sapunaru more established players. When Emidio Rafael was bought this summer, Lopes must have realized that it was time to try elsewhere. Lopes will be the only Portuguese player playing for Betis this season, after it was announced that Ricardo had not made the first team, and Nelson was to be loaned out to Osasuna.