Hugo Almeida Looking to Leave

Hugo AlmeidaIt is looking unlikely that Hugo Almeida, who has been in the middle of speculation regarding his future at Werder Bremen, will remain at Werder past the January transfer window. Besiktas, Juventus, Lazio, and Real Madrid are all said to be interested. Though the Real Madrid move looks unlikely and the Besiktas move has been played down by Almeida, no moves are ruled out. Bremen have tried to no avail to give Almeida a new contract, but the two parties cannot come to an agreement. Besiktas are reportedly interested in signing the burly striker, but Almeida himself has ruled out the move. Edy Reja, the manager at Italian club, Lazio, has stated that he would love to add Almeida to his squad.

A move to Besiktas would be the most beneficial, in my opinion, due to the fact that strikers of his build tend to flourish in Turkey (i.e. Makukula). Almeida knows how to score, and due to his lack of speed, a move to Lazio may be beneficial also. The only concern I have in regards to that move is the fact that the last Portuguese player to play at Lazio did not have the best of times (Elsieu).

Almeida Proud of Real Madrid Interest

Hugo Almeida, who is currently locked in contract negotiations at Werder Bremen, is reportedly ‘proud’. Almeida has not been contacted by the club, according to him, but he is still proud, nevertheless, of the interest. Real are searching for a replacement for Higuain, who will be out injured for some time. Panathinaikos and Lazio are also interested.

Diego Lauds Almeida

Hugo AlmeidaFormer Porto, Werder Bremen, and Juventus midfielder Diego has laid heaps of praise on Portugal National Team and Werder Bremen striker Hugo Almeida. Diego, who currently plays for Wolfsburg, is glad that Almeida is not to play when Wolfsburg and Bremen meet this weekend. “Hugo Almeida is one of the best strikers in the league,” stated the Brazilian. Almeida is currently under speculation regarding a move away from Bremen this winter, with Lazio, Juventus, and Real Madrid all interested.

Transfer News – 11/19/10

Old transfer news that we thought were buried are starting to come to the surface. Here’s the latest:

Fernando Meira to Lazio?

Zenit defender Fernando Meira, who has recently fallen out of favor at the club, is reportedly a transfer target for Italian club Lazio. Lazio are looking to build on their positive start to the Serie A this season by reinforcing their defense.

Bayern After Bosingwa…Again

Bayern Munich are after Portuguese right back Bosingwa once again. The German club are looking for an alternative to Lahm, as there are no other players capable of playing right-back.

Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida to Join Fernandes

With the arrival of Jesualdo Ferreira at Panathinaikos, Hugo Almeida has stated that he interested in a possible reunion with Ferreira at the Greek club. Speculation has been high with Almeida’s contract set to expire, and the striker has stated that he is open to the move. The move would have him join fellow Portuguese Daniel Fernandes. Sporting Lisbon and Valencia are also said to be interested.

Transfer News – 11/7/10

News keeps pouring in from across Portugal regarding transfer rumors for the next transfer window. Here’s the latest:

Hugo Almeida1. Valencia Negotiating with Almeida

Werder Bremen striker Hugo Almeida is apparently in negotiations with Valencia over a proposed transfer to the Mestalla this January. Almeida, whose contract expires in January, is the ideal target for the Spanish club, who is in need of strikers. Valencia officials hope to get Almeida on a free transfer.

2. Coentrao Watched by Barcelona

Let’s see…First Bayern, then Liverpool, then Chelsea, then A.C. Milan, now Barcelona. It’s no wonder that these big clubs are following the winger given his performances for Benfica and Portugal. Just think… A year and a half ago, Coentrao was a doubt to even make the Benfica first team. Now, he is a starter for the Portuguese National Team and one of Benfica’s key players. Coentrao, however, is not prepared to leave.

3. Joao Ribeiro Courted by Fulham, CSKA

Vitoria Guimaraes midfielder Joao Ribeiro, who was recently called up to the National Team, is on Fulham’s wish-list. Ribeiro has been in top form for Guimaraes, and it has apparently not gone unnoticed. The midfielder is thought to be valued at around 4.5 million euros, a price that Fulham is willing to pay. Ribeiro was bought for free from Academica this summer, so a 4.5 million dollar profit doesn’t sound too bad, does it? CSKA is also apparently chasing the 22 year-old. No more information on that bit, unfortunately.