Ivan Cavaleiro Joins Deportivo on Loan


Ivan Cavaleiro - Portugal U21

Ivan Cavaleiro

Benfica to Deportivo (loan)

After days of intense speculation, it was announced yesterday that Benfica’s Ivan Cavaleiro had agreed to move on loan to La Liga side Deportivo for the season. Cavaleiro had been closely followed by Pacos Ferreira, Maritimo, and Academica after Benfica coach Jorge Jesus made it clear that the winger would not feature in his plans this season. Cavaleiro will now join the newly-promoted Spanish side until the end of the season, and will hope to build on a positive 2013/2014 season, which saw him debut both for Benfica’s first team and the Portuguese National Team. He will join fellow countrymen Diogo Salomao, Henrique Sereno, and Luisinho.

Transfer Roundup – 9/3/12


It was an interesting transfer deadline day last Friday, with much happening in the world of Portuguese football. Joao Moutinho was at the heart of much of the news, with his transfer to Tottenham collapsing at the absolute last moment. Although Moutinho stole most of the limelight, there were still lesser-known transfers that were completed.

Tiago Pinto

Rio Ave to Deportivo

Deportivo added to their Portuguese contingent with the capture of Tiago Pinto from Rio Ave. The left-back will most likely play second or third fiddle for the club, behind first-choice Evaldo. Pinto’s move abroad comes as no surprise after two sold seasons at Rio Ave, where he established himself as an important player for the club.

Nuno Coelho

Benfica to Aris (Loan)

After making the move from Academica to Benfica at the beginning of last season, Nuno Coelho has found playing time at Benfica non-existent. In an effort to gain more playing time, he was loaned out to Beira-Mar, in the Liga Zon Sagres, and played well all season long. Now, with his situation at Benfica much the same, he has looked abroad for opportunities. The midfielder has joined Greek outfit Aris on loan for the entire season, and will hope that the experience will be a positive one.

Sana

Free Agent to Academica

Much was expected of Sana following his impressive performances for the Portuguese team at the 2011 U-20 World Cup, but an ill-fated move abroad in Spain has proved detrimental. Now, Sana has made the move back to Academica, as they attempt to bolster their squad ahead of their Europa League campaign this season. Surely, Academica will be a great place for Sana to continue his development and realize his potential.

Carlitos

Hannover to Estoril

While playing at Basel, Carlitos was being courted by some of the biggest names in Italy, including Roma and Fiorentina. He is now returning to Portugal to play for newcomers Estoril, after injuries hampered a two-season stay at Bundesliga side Hannover. His talent is undoubted, so he will surely add much to Estoril’s team.

Henrique

Academica to Blackburn

Blackburn have increased the number of Portuguese players in the team to six after their last-minute capture of Academica central-defender Henrique. After being purchased from Braga at the beginning of the season, Henrique was promptly snapped up by the English club, having only appeared twice for the Portuguese club.

Yannick

Benfica to Toulouse (Loan)

Yannick has found playing time at Benfica hard to come by, after completing his move there last season. The move to Benfica was surely a relief after his cancelled transfer to Nice, but competition has been fierce. Competing with the likes of Salvio, Nolito, Ola John, and Gaitan (among others), Yannick opted to go out on loan, to ensure playing time. He will play at Toulouse for the remainder of the season, with an option to buy.

Ukra

Porto to Rio Ave (Loan)

Porto winger Ukra has joined Rio Ave on loan for the entire season, as his options at Porto appear limited. The winger was in much the same situation last season, and joined Braga on loan for the entirety of last season. Though he was impressive when he played, he was injured during the majority of the time at the club. An undoubted talent, Ukra will surely shine for Rio Ave this season.

 

Porto Pair to Leave?


With the arrivals of Magala and Defour from Standard Leige, central midfielders and central defenders are looking nervously at their possible playing time. Sereno and Ruben Micael are two of those players. Both found playing time hard to come by last season, and it looks less likely this season. 

Sereno to Koln?

Sereno was purchased by Porto in June of last year after a half-season stint with Real Valladolid. The central defender has had steep competition for playing time, in the form of Maicon, Otamendi, and Rolando, two of which are full internationals. Sereno only managed five starts in the league, with the Rolando-Maicon pairing often preferred. Koln’s sporting director is reportedly in Porto currently so that a deal can be struck between the two teams. Maybe Sereno can revitalize his career in Germany.

Ruben Micael Expected to Leave

Following the arrival of Defour to Porto, Andre Castro went out on loan to Sporting Gijon. Now, Ruben Micael is exploring similar options. Defour, who is a seasoned Belgian international, is likely to get the nod over Micael, who was used sparingly last season. According to reports coming out of Portugal, Spain is the most likely destination for the midfielder.

Sereno Moves to Valladolid


Vitoria Guimaraes’s Henrique Sereno has moved to relegation-battlers Real Valladolid. Sereno won’t be the only Portuguese player at Valladolid, as young midfielder Pele also plays for the Spanish outfit. It was thought that Valladolid had previously failed in signing the promising defender, and that Porto had signed him. It now looks as if that was not the case, as the defender moved for a mere 150,000 euros.