Bernardo Silva loaned to Monaco

Bernardo Silva - Portugal U21

Bernardo Silva

Benfica to Monaco (loan)

In a bizarre move, Bernardo Silva has joined Monaco on loan from Benfica for the entire season. A very talented prospect for the future, Silva was expected to leave Benfica on loan this season, after clearly outgrowing his spot on the B team. It comes as a bit of a surprise that Silva has joined Monaco, who have established themselves as one of the strongest teams in France at the moment. Bernardo Silva will likely be used in roughly the same position as James Rodriguez, who departed Monaco last month in a big-money move to Real Madrid. There’s no way to predict how much playing time Silva will receive, having not before competed for a position in a first team. But with fellow Portuguese Leonardo Jardim at the helm at the French club, anything can happen. Bernardo Silva will join fellow countrymen Joao Moutinho and Ricardo Carvalho, as well as the aforementioned Leonardo Jardim.

Paulo Machado Makes Greek Switch

Paulo Machado – Toulouse to Olympiakos

Portuguese midfielder Paulo Machado has made the move from Ligue 1 side Toulouse to Greek SuperLeague side Olympiakos. Machado has been an integral part of the French team ever since he joined them from Porto in 2009. His performances have been solid enough to merit multiple call-ups by Paulo Bento to the Seleccao. He has gone on to make four appearances for the team. News coming out of Portugal suggest that the move was worth 2.7 million pounds, which is a steal for an international-caliber midfielder. Machado will be wearing the number 5, and will certainly become an integral part of Leonardo Jardim’s team, as they participate in the Champions League this season.