Meireles Swaps Liverpool for Chelsea


Raul Meireles

Liverpool to Chelsea

Raul Meireles has put pen to paper on a four year deal which is believed to be worth around 12 million pounds. The midfielder was impressive last season for Liverpool, picking up the PFA Fan’s Player of the Year in the process. Meireles reportedly handed in a transfer request just minutes before the transfer window closed for the summer. Chelsea were searching for another midfielder as their Modric bid was rejected. Meireles fir the bill and will be playing for Chelsea this season. If his performances for Chelsea this season are anywhere close to those for Liverpool last season, Chelsea have possibly just made the bargain of the summer.

Fulham Snap up Orlando Sa


Orlando Sa

Porto to Fulham

Fulham FC have announced, via their website, the signing of none other than Orlando Sa. The Porto striker has found life quite hard at F.C. Porto, where he played for two seasons. Sa started off his career at Braga, rising up through the youth ranks. Soon after he was promoted into the first team at Braga, he earned his first call-up to the Portuguese Under-21 team. Orlando Sa really came of age during a U-21 friendly match against Spain. The striker, who was virtually unknown, scored an impressive hat-trick to help seal the 4-1 thumping. The scoring did not stop there however. Sa brought the scoring back to Braga, and though he was not nearly as prolific, he was making headlines. His performances both for Braga and the Portuguese Under-21 team were impressive enough for Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz to call him up to the Portuguese National team for a friendly against Finland. Sa was substituted on in the second half and won a penalty for his team. A number of clubs were soon interested in acquiring his services, most notably Chelsea, but F.C. Porto swooped in and sealed the deal in June of 2009. Sa has since found playing time hard to come by, only grabbing minutes away from Porto, on loan at Nacional.

This may prove to be a big step in Orlando Sa’s career. Aged just 23, the strike still has a career ahead of him. Whether that career is successful or not remains to be seen, although his body build is suitable to the Premier League.

“I am happy to have completed my transfer to Fulham and the Premier League today.

“This is an enormous opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to joining the team and entering the next phase of my development.

“It’s a wonderful challenge for me and I am keen to bring my qualities to Fulham and the Premier League.”

Pepe on Top European Clubs’ Radars


Real Madrid central defender, Pepe, is reportedly a transfer target for Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Barcelona, after contract discussions have slowed. Pepe wants his current salary to be more-than tripled to a 6 million euro per year deal. Real is only willing to offer him five, so the negotiations have stalled. Manchester United are looking for an experienced replacement for the injury-prone Rio Ferdinand. Manchester City are interested in everyone at the moment, but the citizens may be one of the only clubs that can meet him financial demands. Pepe has been at the heart of the Real Madrid defense this season, forging an iron-clad partnership with Ricardo Carvalho. With Pepe’s contract set to expire in 2012, it may be the time for him to leave.

Benfica Want Danny


Liga Zon Sagres powerhouse, Benfica, is currently tracking Zenit’s Portuguese midfielder, Danny. Danny, who recently won the award for the best player in Russia, is reportedly also being courted by Chelsea and Manchester United. Although no formal contact has taken place, Benfica are still likely to make a bid in January.

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 Rumors – 10/26/10


As the winter transfer window nears, the rumors have started to heat up. Here’s the latest:

Bruma Still Being Tracked

16-year-old Portuguese starlet, Bruma, is reportedly still being tracked by Manchester City and Chelsea. Already a regular for the Portuguese Under-19 Team, Bruma has made a name for himself as the next of the talented youngsters to come out of the academy. After signing a pro-contract last week, interest in the player was thought to be diminished, but Tottenham has now joined Chelsea and City in the race for his signature.

Liverpool Watching Coentrao

English giant Liverpool are reportedly tracking Benfica winger Fabio Coentrao. Coentrao was of the few players who actually impressed for the Seleccao at last summer’s World Cup. Since then, he has become a regular for both the Portuguese National Team, and Benfica. Coentrao would be the second Portuguese at the club, after Raul Meireles. Would he be joining a “sinking ship?”

Juventus and City Tabling Bids

Sporting captain Daniel Carrico is currently being tracked quite closely by Manchester City and Italian giants, Juventus. Carrico has been tracked for some time now by top clubs, most recently by Spartak Moscow, but has pledged his future to the club. Delneri, the Juventus coach, spoke of Carrico, saying: “Carriço is a fantastic player with great potential, which we followed for some time. Juventus is always attentive to the great values that stand in world football and a player Carriço is very interesting, still relatively young”

Sporting Starlet Tracked by City and Chelsea


Sporting youth academy player Bruma is apparently a target for Manchester City and Chelsea. The speedy winger has been dubbed “the new Ronaldo” and is one of the more promising players currently enrolled in the academy. Bruma, who is currently 15, is celebrating his 16th birthday on the 24th. Because he is now turning 16, he will be eligible for a professional contract. Bruma started all three of the Portugal U-17 team’s group stage matches at this last summer’s UEFA U-17 Championship. Since then, still at age 15, he has gone on to be a regular for the Portugal U-19 team. It’s no wonder that some of the top teams in the world are after him.

Portuguese Transfer Rumors – 10/12/10


Despite it being quite far away from any transfer window, the rumors are still heating up. So, here are the major stories:

1. Ruben Pinto Tracked by Arsenal

The Portuguese Under-19 captain is currently being tracked by Premier League giants Arsenal. Pinto, who models his style of play after Rui Costa, has recently turned down other offers to the Premier League. He has, however, a contract tying him down to Benfica until 2012, so a move probably won’t be likely. Ruben has fancied a move to the Premier League for some time now, and with his heroics against Spain in this last Euro U-19 tournament, maybe that move can finally happen.

2. Milan Keeping Tabs on Coentrao and Periera

Italian giants A.C. Milan are allegedly watching Portuguese National Team fullbacks Joao Pereira and Fabio Coentrao. Coentrao was a bright spot in Portugal’s muddy World Cup campaign, and has since become a vital player for Benfica. He currently is tied to Benfica with a release clause of 30 million pounds. Joao Pereira moved from Braga to Sporting Lisbon earlier this year, and has since impressed enough to earn a call-up to the National Team.

3. Juventus in Miguel Veloso Swap Deal

Juventus are supposedly making a deal with Genoa for the trade of Sissoko and Miguel Veloso. The deal would see Miguel Veloso leave Genoa, who he joined in the summer, and meet up with Juventus, who was tracking him earlier this year. I do not foresee this move happening.

4. Pedro Marques to Make Portugal Switch

Real Madrid C midfielder Pedro Marques is reportedly being watched by Olhanense. Olhanense are currently third in the Liga Zon Sagres, having enjoyed an impressive start to their second consecutive season in the Portuguese top-flight. Marques has been playing in Spain for some time now, but it has been speculated that Olhanense want his services.

5. Chelsea Want Pepe in 2012

Following Pepe’s statement that he plans to leave Real Madrid in 2012 whan his contract is up, Chelsea have come out and said that they want him for free in 2012. Pepe has been rock-solid in his partnership with Ricardo Carvalho not only at Real Madrid, but also for the Seleccao.

 

Transfer News – 8/18/10


A lot has been happening lately involving transfers, and it seems that the more that happens, the less time I have to report on it. Here’s the brunt of it.

1. Pizzi loaned to Pacos Ferreira again

Portuguese Under-21 international Pizzi has been loaned from Braga to fellow Liga Zon Sagres Pacos Ferreira. The 20 year-old was on loan to Pacos for half of last season, and after some intense negotiations, Braga have decided to loan him out again, this time for the entire 2010-2011 season.

2. Nelson Oliveira Switches Rio Ave for Pacos

Benfica starlet Nelson Oliveira has apparently swapped a loan move from Rio Ave to Pacos Ferreira. Originally, Oliveira was to play for Rio Ave for the 2010-2011 season, but it has now surfaced that the Portuguese Under-19 international will now be playing for Pacos de Ferreira instead. Why? I don’t know.

3. Sergio Oliveira Loaned to Beira-Mar

FC Porto youngster Sergio Oliveira will spend next season on loan to Liga Zon Sagres newcomers Beira-Mar. Oliveira was quite impressive in the recent UEFA U-19 championships, scoring against Italy.

4. Benfica Starlet Snapped up by Parma

Danilo Periera, who recently impressed with the Portugal Under-19 side at the UEFA Euro U-19 Championship, has recently been touted to move to Serie A, specifically Genoa and Parma. Parma somehow came out on top and Pereira is tied to them for the next 5 years. Supposedly he will be unveiled tomorrow.

5. Tiago Loaned to Atletico…again

Portuguese World Cup star Tiago has, once again, been loaned to Europa League champions Atletico Madrid from Juventus. Quique Flores, the Atleico coach, struggled to get Tiago again after an impressive spell last season.Tiago thoroughly approved the move, saying that Atletico is the only team he would consider moving to.

6. Meireles on Verge of United Move.

Raul Meireles was suprisingly left out of Porto’s squad for their upcoming Europa League match, further fueling the transfer speculation surrounding him. Sir Alex Ferguson is apparently searching for a replacement for the aging Paul Scholes. After he failed at his bid for German midfielder Ozil, Sir Alex has now shifted his attention to Raul Meireles. Meireles was one of Portugal’s bright points at this summer’s World Cup, and Chelsea were apparently on the verge of signing him this summer, but the deal fell through.

Transfer News – 5/19/10


It has been a busy few days in terms of Portuguese player transfers. So, lets get started, shall we….

1. Ricardo Costa – Lille to Valencia

The Portuguese international, who was recently included in Portugal’s World Cup squad, has enjoyed a decent half-season for French powerhouse Lille, where he moved to from Wolfsburg in January. He will join Valencia on July 1, although if Portugal make it far enough in the World Cup, he may be joining them later. Costa will be the third Portuguese player on Valencia’s books, the others being Manuel Fernandes and Miguel.

2. Maniche – Koln to ?

Portuguese midfielder Maniche recently rescinded his contract with German outfit Koln, who he joined lat summer after having been released by Atletico Madrid. Since joining, he has enjoyed varying degrees of success, but overall has had a season to forget. His reason for leaving? Besides the German media pouncing on every mistake he commits, his kids don’t enjoy their school. So, Maniche looks to move back to Portugal, namely Sporting, to rediscover what happiness feels like, and if you look at how he played for Porto, this move may be VERY good for him.

3. Fabio Faria meets up with Benfica

Portuguese U-21 international Fabio Faria has met up with the club that he will be representing next season, Benfica, for a tournament in Canada and the United States.

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4. Deco – Chelsea to Sporting?

Portuguese international Deco has recently stated that he looks to move back to his country of birth (Brazil) in order to finish his career where it started. Fluminese were said to be interested, but have opted out due to his high salary, so Sporting are now said to be interested in the midfielder. Although this move looks improbable, if Sporting actually do sign him along with Maniche and Ze Castro, both of whom they are linked with, then we may see a skilled team next season.