Manchester City to Porto (loan)?
Manchester City starlet Marcos Lopes has wowed everyone this season with his numbered, yet impressive performances for Manchester City. Only 18 years of age, Rony Lopes (as he’s also called) managed four official appearances for Manchester City’s first team this season, and he didn’t just show up. He impressed. Named captain to City’s U21 squad for this past season, Lopes’s performances were impressive enough to warrant a place in and around City’s first team. Now, only 18 years old, it appears that Marcos Lopes, having already made a handful of appearances for City and debuted for the Portugal U-21 team, is ready for more first team action. Arsenal and Galatasaray are said to be interested in the attacking midfielder, but Manchester City would be foolish to let him go.
It is rumored that Manchester City have thought up a better alternative. City are currently interested in Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando. The two players have indicated that they’d be open to a move to the Midlands, and a move doesn’t seem that far off. That is, if they can sweeten the pot enough for Porto. There is no shortage of money at Manchester City, but the club may be looking for additional methods of securing Mangala and Fernando. One bait is sending Marcos Lopes on loan to Porto for the season, a move that would surely be beneficial for both parties.
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.
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.”
Porto to Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid to Zaragoza (loan)
Ruben Micael has put pen to paper on a move from Porto to Atletico Madrid. The fee is believed to be around 5 million euros. Micael joined Porto from Nacional Madeira in January of 2010, and has since mainly made his contributions from the bench. Nevertheless, Portugal coach called the midfielder up for the team’s friendly match against Finland earlier this year. Micael scored both of Portugal’s goals in their 2-0 victory. Due to the arrival of Steven Defour from Standard Liege, Micael is searching for regular playing time, probably in the hope of representing Portugal at Euro 2012. Atletico made the headlines for their signing of Falcao, and Ruben Micael has flown under the radar. The midfielder, however, will not be playing at Atletico this season. It has been announced that he will play at Zaragoza, on a season-long loan. This is most likely due to the imminent transfer of Brazilian star Diego from Wolfsburg.
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.