Lokomotiv Moscow Snap up Fernandes


Manuel Fernandes - Lokomotiv Moscow 2014

Manuel Fernandes

Besiktas to Lokomotiv Moscow (free transfer)

Manuel Fernandes is set to move again. After starting his career in Portugal, the midfielder has played in Spain, England, and Turkey. He can now add Russia to that list, after his transfer to Russian Premier League club Lokomotiv Moscow was announced today. The midfielder was without a club after his contract with Besiktas ran out, and the Russian team were the most enticing offer. Fernandes had also been heavily linked with a move back to Benfica, the club where he began his career, but the player instead opted to stay abroad.

A player whose talent is undoubted, Fernandes has struggled for form over the past few seasons. That, coupled with injuries, meant that Fernandes’ stock has fallen greatly in the past season. After starting his career brightly at Benfica and making his debut for the national team at 19 years old, Fernandes had two stints on loan in England, first with Portsmouth then at Everton. After returning from Everton, Fernandes moved again, this time permanently to Valencia for a fee of 18 million euros. After lukewarm performances and injury problems, Fernandes signed for Besiktas for a measly 2 million euros after a successful loan spell. At Besiktas, Fernandes’ performances ranged from sublime to abysmal, and his career stagnated.

This move comes in the prime of Manuel Fernandes. Aged 28 years, many players have the most success during this time in their career. Can Fernandes prove everyone wrong? Can he finally find his prime?

Wanted: Manuel Fernandes


The heartbeat of the Besiktas’ midfield is Manuel Fernandes. There is no arguing that. Since joining the Turkish team on loan from Valencia in January 2011, Fernandes has come-of-age. His performances on loan were of such a high standard that at the end of the season, Besiktas opted to purchase him outright. Since then, he has been transformed from a talented player to a talisman for the Turkish team. The midfielder has scored six in all competitions this season, including two in his last two matches. He has also assisted countless others, which has helped him cement himself as one of Besiktas’s most important players.

While Manuel Fernandes’ talent has been undeniable, contract disputes and injuries have hampered any sort of consistency. Fernandes broke onto the scene for Benfica in the 2003-2004 season. In only his second game for the club, he scored, making him the second youngest goalscorer for the club. He soon established himself as an important member of the team, and, in the process, picked up his first cap for Portugal. After two loan spells abroad, both in England (for Portsmouth and Everton), Valencia snapped him up for a fee of around 18 million euros. At Valencia, injuries hampered his natural progress. After failing to make Unai Emery’s plans last season, he joined Besiktas on loan from January until the end of the season. After a successful half-season at the Turkish club, he was bough outright for 2 million euros. Since then, he has established himself as one of the finest midfielders playing in Turkey, and is considered by many to be a shoo-in for the Euro 2012 squad.

His fine performances for Besiktas have not gone unnoticed. Real Madrid and Tottenham are both said to be courting the midfielder. Reports coming out of Turkey even suggest that a 17 million pound deal has already been agreed between Tottenham and Besiktas for the midfielder. Though these reports appear to be untrue, a similar deal may not be too far off.

Francisco Junior Joins Everton


Francisco Junior

Unattached to Everton

Everton have signed highly-rated Francisco Junior on a permanent deal from Manchester City. The midfielder had been an integral part of Benfica’s youth setup up until the end of last season, when he joined Manchester City’s reserve team on a trial. The trial did not produce a permanent deal, and Everton boss David Moyes has now pounced on the promising youngster. Francisco Junior’s primary position is in the midfield, mainly in the center of the field. The midfielder has been given the number 30 for the team, and he hopes to win a spot in Everton’s first team. “My first mission is to try to get into the first team. Then it is to win over the fans and to win things with Everton. They’re a big team and they’re a team which is normally challenging for cups or for the European places. That is what I want to do.”

Transfer Rumors – 1/16/12


Things are starting to heat up in this transfer window that has been largely uneventful. Maybe it will become more interesting if any of these rumors become a reality.

Adrien Silva

Sporting to Everton?

According to reports coming out of Portugal, Everton are very interested in signing Adrien Silva, who is currently on loan from Sporting Lisbon at Academica. Silva has been in rampant form this season for Academica, and his performances have not gone unnoticed. Everton boss David Moyes was in the stands yesterday during the Academica vs Vitoria Guimaraes match, with Silva most likely the reason for his trip. A move is unlikely, however, as Silva’s release clause at Sporting is set at 20 million, and Everton are typically a cash-strapped club.

Joao Pereira

Sporting to PSG?

Sporting right-back Joao Pereira is reportedly a target for French billionaire club PSG. Inter Milan right-back Maicon is said to be their primary target, but if a 15 million pound move for him does not materialize, the French club may look to either Pereira or Porto right-back Jorge Fucile.

Diogo Ribeiro

Sertanense to Chelsea, Wolfsburg, Monaco, or Porto?

Many don’t recognize the name Diogo Ribeiro. There is no reason to. Now, however, Ribeiro is the top scorer in the equivalent of the third division in Portugal. The striker has bagged nine goals so far this season, and that tally has not gone unnoticed. Representatives from Chelsea, Wolfsburg, Monaco, and Porto were all present at the team’s last match, with Ribeiro their intended target.

Silvestre Varela

Porto to Mariselle or Bologna (loan)?

Porto outcast (kind-of) Sivestre Varela is looking for a way out of the club. The winger was an integral part of the team that won virtually everything last season, but this season has been the polar opposite. Under new coach Vitor Pereira, Varela has been pushed into the shadows, and with talk of another winger, Yannick Djalo, joining the club, his playing time looked even more threatened. Though the Yannick move has not materialized, Varela is still looking out. Marsielle and Bologna are both interested in taking the player on loan.

Oliveira and Sana Dropped Due to Injury


Nelson Oliveira and Lassana Camara have both been dropped from the Portuguese Under-21 team, due to injury. Both Oliveira and Sana, as he is called, impressed for Portugal during this summer’s U-20 World Cup. They have more than earned their call-ups, but their U-21 debuts will have to wait. Pele, of Genoa, and Joao Silva, currently on loan at Vitoria Setubal from Everton, have been called up as able replacements. Joao Silva has been in fine form this season, already scoring twice this season. Pele has yet to play for Genoa, but like Sana and Nelson Oliveira, he was impressive in the U-20 World Cup.

Joao Silva Scores on Debut


Everton’s 21 year-old striker, Joao Silva, scored yesterday on his debut for Vitoria Setubal. Silva, who never made a single first team appearance last season for Everton, is now on loan at Vitoria Setubal. The tall striker caught the attention of Premeir League side Everton after his goal scoring exploits in the Portuguese second division for Aves in the 2009-2010 season. Everton purchased the striker for right around 1 million pounds, only for him to play for the reserves. Meanwhile, Silva was showing his abilities well for the Portuguese Under-21 team. Everton, realizing that Silva needed playing time to continue growing as a player, sent him out on loan to UD Leiria. At Leiria, Silva showed glimpses of his undeniable ability, most notably in Leiria’s 3-3 draw with champions, Benfica. Joao Silva is now loaned to Vitoria Setubal to further his development, and it looked like it’s working. Silva headed home Claudio Pitbull’s cross in the dying minutes of the Vitoria Setubal-Pacos Ferreira match to give Setubal a 2-1 victory on opening day.

See the goal here

Everton Loans out Silva


English Premier League giants Everton have loaned out their U-21 international, Joao Silva, to UD Leiria, for the remainder of the season. Joao Silva moved from Aves, in the Liga Orangina, to Everton, in the English Premier League, over the summer for a fee believed to be around 1 million pounds. Silva has since not found any playing time at the club, although his talent has been shown well for the Portuguese Under-21 team. Joao Silva broke onto the Portuguese football scene last season after he finished the season (his debut season) in second overall on the goalscoring charts for the Liga Vitalis. Everton were quick to snap him up, and after an assuring pre-season, Silva was given a first team number, and has spent much of his time with the first team. Now, he will join Lieira on loan, where he will hope to gain some playing time.

Yannick Tracked by English Clubs


Sporting forward Yannick Djalo,who is reportedly unhappy with his situation at Sporting, is being tracked by a host of English clubs. Yannick, as he is called, was supposedly very close to a move to Tottenham in the summer, but the move never materialized. Genoa, more recently, were said to be interested in the 24 year-old. Reports suggest that Tottenham, Fulham, and Everton are now in a race for his signature. These reports also suggest that these clubs are much more interested now than they were during the summer, so a move may be more likely.

Transfer News 5/23/10


There are quite a few things happening in regards to Portuguese transfers. Like most transfer periods, there are more rumors than actual deals going through.

1. Ukra Close to Newcastle Switch – Porto-owned, Olhanense starlet, has been a revelation for the Portuguese Liga side this season. Newcastle were close to signing him this January. Their 2 million pound offer was rejected by Porto earlier this season, so they need to up the ante with their bid for the winger.

2. Vaz Te – Bolton to ? – Portuguese striker Ricardo Vaz Te, who hasn’t seen a first-team opportunity in over a season, has decided to rescind his contract with English side Bolton Wanderers. Vaz Te has suffered through questionable fitness throughout the last few seasons, so he is ready to find a fresh challenge.

3. Joao Moutinho Sure to Leave Sporting – Sporting captain Joao Moutinho has recently come out and said that he will surely leave Sporting for a Premier League club. Everton are known to be courting him, and with Nuno Valente the Portuguese scout, the deal will most likely happen.

4. Miguel Veloso to Inter? – Miguel Veloso is in “advanced” talks with Inter Milan, most likely due to Jose Mourinho being the coach. If Mourinho leaves, then the deal will most likely fall through.

Porto to Sell Meireles Following World Cup


F.C. Porto have recently stated that they plan to allow Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles, who has enjoyed a splendid season, to leave after the World Cup. Valencia, PSG, Everton, and Sevilla are all fighting to sign Meireles, who is slowly becoming one of Europe’s hottest prospects. Sevilla look to be closest to his signature, with a 12 million euro deal almost ironed out.

I think that Porto’s decision to not let him leave until after the World Cup is a smart one. It eliminates the possibility that he will fail to settle in at Sevilla, and lose his form, which would be a tragedy for the Seleccao. Meireles has most recently involved in the National Team with his goal against Bosnia which sealed Portugal’s passage into the World Cup.