Hugo Vieira – Benfica to Sporting Gijon (loan)
Benfica youngster Hugo Vieira has joined Spanish second division side Sporting Gijon on loan from Benfica for the entire season. The forward impressed for Gil Vicente last season in the Liga Zon Sagres, and Benfica promptly snapped him up in the off-season. First team opportunities look quite limited at Benfica, especially after the Eagle’s purchase of Argentina international Salvio. With a spot in the B team not an option, the forward has opted to go out on loan in Spain.
Andre Castro will ply his trade in La Liga next season, after Porto agreed to loan him to Sporting Gijon, once again. Castro, who was called up by Portugal manager Paulo Bento for last week’s game, played the last half of last season with Gijon. At the Spanish club last season, Castro made a name for himself, not only in Spain, but also in Portugal. Before his loan, it was undecided whether he would make the grade at Porto, but there were few doubters upon his return. In his impressive eleven starts, he scored twice and helped his team immensely. With the impending arrival of Belgian international Steven Defour at Porto, Castro has decided to leave in search for playing time. Defour was once a serious target for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, so the Belgian would definitely be picked over Castro at Porto. Many Porto fans are hoping to see Castro reproduce the form last season that saw him earn a call to the Portuguese National Team so that he can return in the future and set the Liga Zon Sagres alight.
Porto’s 22 year-old midfielder, Andre Castro, has completed his loan move to Liga BBVA strugglers, Sporting Gijon. Castro has found playing time hard to come by at the Estadio Dragao. Castro played the past few seasons at Olhanense, and his performances were impressive enough to earn a call-up to the Porto first-team this season. He has since made most of his appearances from the bench. In order to get more playing time, Castro has left for La Liga relegation battlers Sporting Gijon on loan for the remainder of the season, without an option to buy. At the beginning of the loan negotiations, there was an option to buy, but I suppose Andre Vilas Boas has wised-up and decided that Andre Castro could be an asset to the team in the future.
Porto’s young midfielder, Andre Castro, is currently considering his options after opportunities at F.C. Porto have become few. Castro, who is a regular for the Portuguese Under-21 team, spent the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons on loan at Olhanense. His performances were impressive enough to earn him a stay at Porto this season, but the midfielder has found his options limited. Castro is now considering moving away from the Dragao, with Sporting Gijon his most likely destination. If the move happens, it will be a loan.