Transfer Rumors – 8/8/12


As with any transfer window, there are always an excess of transfer rumors, some of which are believable, some of which are off the wall. We’ll bring you both, and you can decide for yourself which is which.

Bruno Alves

Zenit to Juventus, Porto, or Atletico Madrid?

Portuguese international defender Bruno Alves is hinting that a move away from Russia may be in the near future. The defender, who featured heavily in the Portuguese squad at this summer’s European Championships, was snapped up by Zenit in 2010 for a fee of over 20 million pounds. This move came after widespread speculation linking him to the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United. Since his move, he has established himself as an important player for the club. Now, Juventus, Porto, and Atletico Madrid are all said to be interested in the defender. As with Porto’s case, there has been talk of Zenit using Bruno Alves as a makeweight in a shock swoop for Hulk at Porto. Regardless, Atletico Madrid seem the most likely to win his signature, with Alves’ father stating that his son “would have no problem going to Atletico Madrid.”

Eliseu

Malaga to Benfica?

In the midst of financial turmoil, Malaga are looking to sell some of their most prized assets. Spanish international Santi Cazorla has already moved on to Arsenal, while Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon has made a seven million pound move to Russia. One player who has been important for the Spanish club over the past few seasons is Eliseu. A winger who was converted to left-back, Eliseu has impressed many with his performances for not only Malaga, but the Portuguese National team. It is no secret that Benfica are in the market for a left-back after the departure of Capdevila to Espanyol, and the underwhelming performances of Emerson. Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has even used Melgarejo, a Paraguayan forward, as a left-back, an indication that a true left-back is needed for the club. Benfica’s interest in Eliseu is not new, but there now may be more urgency behind the move.  Benfica is not the only club interested in the winger, with six other unnamed clubs interested as well.

Quaresma

Besiktas to Atletico Madrid or Liverpool?

Dazzling winger Ricardo Quaresma looks to be on his way out of Turkish club Besiktas. After a wage dispute, it appears that Quaresma is being frozen out of the club, and is reportedly training with the club’s reserve team. The Portuguese international’s skill is undeniable. After an ill-fated move to Inter Milan earlier in his career, the winger’s glory days looked over. After his move to Besiktas, however, the winger gained back some of his confidence, and, once again, began to shine. Now, his days at Besiktas looked numbered. It is reported that Liverpool have reserved eight million pounds for his services, and Atletico Madrid will pounce should their deal with Crisitan Tello fall by the wayside.

Top 5 Transfers of January 2012


The transfer window was unusually quiet this winter in Portugal, as it was all around Europe. Despite the lack of activity, some potentially major moves did occur. These players all have the capability to be important players for their new clubs in the near future.

 

1. Yannick - Unattached to Benfica

Yannick had been without a club since his failed transfer to French club OGC Nice from Sporting Lisbon. The winger/striker’s skill is undeniable, but his consistency certainly is lacking, as he showed at Sporting. Yannick was reportedly close to a move to Porto and a trial at Aston Villa, but neither moves materialized. Benfica promptly snapped up the forward on deadline day, and he has already made his debut, in the League Cup.

 

2. Daniel Fernandes - Cluj to Twente

Daniel Fernandes has performed well when given the chance to succeed. When he played in Greece, he was extremely successful. His time more recently in Germany did not go as planned, and a move to Romania looked to increase playing time. Things did not go as planned once again, and after making just two league appearances for Cluj, Twente promptly snapped up the experienced goalkeeper on a free transfer. It may take a lot to dislodge the current Twente goalkeeper, but Daniel Fernandes will work through it, just as he has before.

 

3. Ricardo Vaz Te - Barnsley to West Ham

After his release from Bolton in 2010, Vaz Te looked set for a career in the lower leagues of Greece, Cyprus, or Romania. After two unsuccessful stints in Greece and Scotland, Vaz Te was signed on a free by Barnsley. Not much was expected of the striker, but after ten goals in twenty-two appearances, that all changed. West Ham, who look certain for promotion, promptly snapped up the striker from Barnsley, after Vaz Te had only spent half a season with them. The striker has already made his debut for the club, and looks set for a successful last half of the season with what is a very talented squad.

 

4. Joao Carlos - Sporting to Liverpool

At the age of just 18, Joao Carlos was called up to Sporting’s first team at the beginning of this season. He trained with the squad throughout the pre-season, but rejoined the Under-19 team, as did many players, once the season was underway. The center midfielder, who has been compared to Deco, was an integral part of the Sporting U-19 team that decimated all opposition in the group stage of the Next-Gen Series. One of his finest performances came when the squad travelled to Liverpool. The midfielder bagged a wonderful goal, and his performance must have caught the eye of Liverpool first-team manager, Kenny Dalglish, who promptly signed him at the next possible opportunity: the January transfer window. Joao Carlos will now join Liverpool’s reserve team, and hope to win a starting spot in Liverpool’s first team in the future.

 

5. Abel Camara - Belenenses to Beira-Mar

After multiple seasons of solid performances, Abel Camara finally made the step up from the Liga Orangina to the Liga Zon Sagres. Already a regular for the Belenenses team and the Portuguese Under-21 Team, Abel was a well-established striker in Portugal. Now, he has the opportunity to prove his skills on a bigger stage for Beira-Mar.

Meireles Swaps Liverpool for Chelsea


Raul Meireles

Liverpool to Chelsea

Raul Meireles has put pen to paper on a four year deal which is believed to be worth around 12 million pounds. The midfielder was impressive last season for Liverpool, picking up the PFA Fan’s Player of the Year in the process. Meireles reportedly handed in a transfer request just minutes before the transfer window closed for the summer. Chelsea were searching for another midfielder as their Modric bid was rejected. Meireles fir the bill and will be playing for Chelsea this season. If his performances for Chelsea this season are anywhere close to those for Liverpool last season, Chelsea have possibly just made the bargain of the summer.

Arsenal and Liverpool Eyeing Danilo Pereira


Danilo Pereira, of Parma FC, is a transfer target for Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool, according to reports coming out of Portugal. Danilo was one of Portugal’s standout players in their 2nd place finish in this summer’s U-20 World Cup. The holding midfielder currently plays for Parma FC in Italy. He is set to return to the club after he was loaned last season to Aris, in the Greek league. Danilo’s performances have not gone unnoticed, however. Arsenal and Liverpool are now interested, and though a move is unlikely, it still makes for a good story. Clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool are not stupid in their interest in Danilo. He has shown signs that he will develop into a world-class defensive midfielder.

Transfer Rumors – 10/26/10


As the winter transfer window nears, the rumors have started to heat up. Here’s the latest:

Bruma Still Being Tracked

16-year-old Portuguese starlet, Bruma, is reportedly still being tracked by Manchester City and Chelsea. Already a regular for the Portuguese Under-19 Team, Bruma has made a name for himself as the next of the talented youngsters to come out of the academy. After signing a pro-contract last week, interest in the player was thought to be diminished, but Tottenham has now joined Chelsea and City in the race for his signature.

Liverpool Watching Coentrao

English giant Liverpool are reportedly tracking Benfica winger Fabio Coentrao. Coentrao was of the few players who actually impressed for the Seleccao at last summer’s World Cup. Since then, he has become a regular for both the Portuguese National Team, and Benfica. Coentrao would be the second Portuguese at the club, after Raul Meireles. Would he be joining a “sinking ship?”

Juventus and City Tabling Bids

Sporting captain Daniel Carrico is currently being tracked quite closely by Manchester City and Italian giants, Juventus. Carrico has been tracked for some time now by top clubs, most recently by Spartak Moscow, but has pledged his future to the club. Delneri, the Juventus coach, spoke of Carrico, saying: “Carriço is a fantastic player with great potential, which we followed for some time. Juventus is always attentive to the great values that stand in world football and a player Carriço is very interesting, still relatively young”

Manchester United Watching Wilson Eduardo


Sporting striker Wilson Eduardo, currently on loan at Beira-Mar is currently been the subject of interest from EPL side Manchester United. Eduardo has previously been linked to a move to England with Liverpool and Chelsea interested, so he is no stranger to transfer rumors. Wilson has a contract, tying him to Sporting until 2012 with a 20 million euro buyout clause. In theory, if Manchester Untited really want the youngster, they will have to dish out an absurd 20 million euros. Somehow, I don’t see that happening. Eduardo has developed quite nicely. Nicely enough to have pretty-much cemented his place in Beira-Mar’s starting eleven. He has also been called up to the Portuguese U-21 team. “I didn’t know about this until my brother rang me up and told me he had read the news on the Internet. Any player always likes to be observed by great clubs. It’s a sign that they are interested and like what we are doing. But in football there is a lot of talk. Today it’s this, tomorrow it’ll be something else. I’m going to continue working hard. Let’s see what comes of it,” Eduardo told Maisfutebol. Arsenal and Liverpool are thought to be interested too.

Meireles Now a Red


Raul Meireles has been confirmed (through the Portuguese stock market) as a Liverpool player. Yesterday, the terms between Porto had been finished, which only left Meireles to agree personal terms, which he did. The transfer comes to a grand total of 13 million euros plus bonuses. That is considerably lower than the 25 million Porto had hoped to get for him, but with the bonuses, 13 million may climb. Meireles is viewed as the ideal replacement for the now-departed Javier Mascherano. Raul will most likely be playing a more defensive role in the midfield, giving Gerrard the opportunity to play more as an attacking midfielder/second striker. Competing against him for this defensive midfielder spot are the likes of Poulsen and Lucas, so he has a mountain to climb.

Meireles Set to Sign for Liverpool


World Cup star Raul Meireles is set to sign from Portuguese side Porto to English Premier League side Liverpool. Meireles, who was one of the bright spots in Portugal’s largely disappointing campaign, has been linked with a host of top European clubs, such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Chelsea. He has yet to play for Porto this season, both in Europe and in the Liga Zon Sagres, which means that he is not cup tied, so if he happened to move to Liverpool, he could be a part of their Europa League campaign. Liverpool are struggling in the EPL currently, and with the probable departure of Javier Mascherano to Barcelona, Roy Hodgson sees Meireles as the ideal replacement. I think that this move could be a good one for Meireles. I am always excited to see Portuguese players of his caliber move abroad, especially to the English Premier League. I do think that staying at Porto would be more beneficial for him, though.