With the January transfer window just more than half over, the deals are beginning to come faster and stronger. There is a lot of movement, mainly from Portuguese players abroad. Let’s take a look at the latest: Continue reading
Manchester United to Real Madrid, Manchester City, or Tottenham?
Manchester United winger Nani is reportedly unhappy at the club, and may be forced to leave if the situation does not improve. The winger wants to renew his contract at the club, but the officials in charge of such matters are slow to respond. Consequently, Nani has taken this to mean that he is not wanted at the English club, even though he very much wants to stay. If Nani were to decide to leave, there would be no shortage of clubs waiting in the wings, with Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Tottenham all reportedly interested.
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.
According to reports coming out of England, Barnsley striker Ricardo Vaz Te has rejected the club’s approach of a contract extension. Vaz Te’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, and due to his recent form, the club is eager to renew it. Perhaps a catalyst for this decision was the striker’s hat-trick against Leeds United on New Years eve. In fact, Vaz te has been performing admirably since joining Barnsley in the summer. The striker has hit the back of the net ten times in nineteen appearances, which is an impressive return.
Bosingwa’s days at Chelsea aren’t looking quite as numbered as they did six months ago. After receiving the blow that he was to miss the 2010 World Cup, Bosingwa’s usual starting spot at Chelsea seemed to be up for grabs under then-coach Carlo Ancelotti. That having been said, Bosingwa amassed no less than 20 appearances in the league last term. Many of those, however, were from the bench or involved him getting substituted out in the second half. Under new coach Andre Villas Boas, life has returned to Bosingwa’s play. The right back has made the right back spot his own this season. His contract is due to expire at the end of this season, but as a result of his stellar performances, Chelsea is eager to renew it.
According to reports coming out of Spain, Benfica and Real Madrid have come to agreement for the sale of Fabio Coentrao to Real Madrid this summer. Evidently, Benfica will reject all other offers for the winger. In return, Real will pay Benfica 30 million euros for the player. Just Monday, Liverpool were said to be close to sealing a move for Coentrao, but now, it looks as if Real Madrid have stepped in front of them. Coentrao was one of the Seleccao’s stand-out performers at this past summer’s World Cup, and has since attracted the interest from Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, and Real Madrid, just to name a few.
Ze Castro, who has seen limited playing time and happiness, has decided to leave Deportivo La Coruna. Ze Castro had a season to forget last season, seeing extremely limited playing time. The worst part was that in June 2009, before the start of his nightmare-ish season, he had made his debut for the Portuguese Senior National Team. He started the season strong, but it all went downhill from there. In the January transfer window, he was linked with a host of clubs, including Sporting Lisbon (who he was very close to signing for). But in the end, he stayed at the Spanish outfit. Now, with Ze Castro’s options looking even more grim, he has decided to rescind his contract on Monday. He does mention talks with other clubs, so we will most likely see him in a different jersey by the end of the transfer window. Here’s what he said: “I talked with the coach and we agreed that it would not logically play tomorrow [today] and eventually quit Monday [tomorrow], because there are talks with some clubs”
Hugo Viana, who spent last season on loan to Sporting Braga from Valencia, has terminated his contract with Spanish side Valencia. Viana was instrumental in the Arsenalistas’s run to second place in the Liga Sagres last season, with notable performances all season, most notably against Benfica. It is widely speculated that he plans to re-join Sporting Braga now that he has terminated his contract as Braga continue to bolster their squad ahead of their UEFA Champions League campaign this season.
Portuguese Under-21 international Andre Santos has been told that he will officially be a Lion next season. The midfielder has enjoyed quite a bit of success at Uniao de Leiria, where he was loaned this season. So much in fact, that he hass become a regular for the Portuguese Under-21 National Team. Along with all of this, he has been granted a contract extension that will se him at the club until 2014.