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Vitória Guimarães to Porto
In the most dramatic deal of yesterday’s transfer deadline day, Porto purchased Vitória Guimarães winger Hernâni for a fee of around 1.3 million euros on a deal that lasts until 2019. As part of the deal, Porto send Otávio, Ivo Rodrigues, and Sami on loan to Guimarães. It seems this deal could be beneficial to both parties, at least in the short term. Vitória lose one of their key players, but receive two exciting talents and one established league performer on loan for the rest of the season, which should lessen the blow of losing Hernâni. Porto, on the other hand, give their players a chance to develop at a team currently pushing for honors this season. Continue reading
Aves to Braga
Aves forward Rabiola has moved up a division to SC Braga. The striker currently leads the Liga Orangina scoring charts with 14 goals in 24 appearances, and has enjoyed a wonderful season thus far. Rabiola will most likely not appear for Braga’s first team, but instead will be inserted into the B team, which also plays in the Liga Orangina. His contract is valid until 2017.
Former Portuguese international, Ricardo, has signed for Liga Zon Sagres side Vitoria Setubal for one season. Negotiations had been going on for some time, and the deal was finally agreed. Ricardo spent the last half of last season at Leicester City, in the Championship, England’s second division. The goalkeeper did well, amassing eleven appearances, but the club chose not to lengthen his contract. His contract ended, and he has since been looking for a new club. Ricardo will now return to Portugal, a place he hasn’t played in since 2007.
Sir Alex Ferguson has raised some eyebrows with his latest signing, Bébé, from Vitoria Guimaraes. The attacking midfielder/forward was completely unknown until Guimaraes signed him at the beginning of this transfer period from Portuguese Second Division side Estrela Amadora. Bebe grew up on the streets of Portugal, and was raised in an orphanage, where he nurtured his street soccer skills. He was invited to play at the 2009 European Street Football Festival, where he allegedly scored 40 goals in 6 games. He was soon after signed by Amadora, where he enjoyed a good amount of success. After Estrela Amadora failed to pay his wages, Vitoria Guimaraes signed him this summer on a free transfer and immediately slapped a 9-million euro release-clause. Throughout pre-season, Bebe scored five goals in six games for Guimaraes, alerting the big guns. Real Madrid came knocking, but Manchester United stepped in front after a tip from Portuguese National Team coach Carlos Queiroz to Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson. Sir Alex also confirmed that Bebe will not be loaned out, but will instead stay at Old Trafford, learn English, and fight for a spot on the wing against the likes of Nani and Valencia.
So, you have it there. From the streets to Old Trafford. If there ever was such an inspiring story, this would be it. Bebe spoke of his dream transfer, saying: “It’s a dream come true” and “I am very happy. I had the dream of playing, one day, for a major club. That dream has come true,” he said. “Football can change lives, very much”
Everton completed the signing of Portuguese whizkid Joao Silva earlier this week. The 19 year-old has been in top form for Liga de Honra side Desportivo das Aves this season, currently the league’s second top goalscorer with 13 goals. At only 19, he looks to have a bright future, which is why Everton paid 580,000 euros for him. Now, don’t expect to mear much about him in the near future. He will most likely work his way through the Toffee’s world-renowned youth academy. But when he does break into the first team, expect to see things.
Silva has recently been compared to fellow compatriot, and former National Team striker, Pauleta. If you compare both players’ scoring records, then they are similar in that they can score goals almost as easily as it takes them to breathe. On the other hand, if you were to look at Pauleta’s career, then you will see that he did not really get discovered until he was about 23, which is not nearly as young as Silva is now.
Portuguese foreward Ricardo Vaz te has been loaned from Bolton Wanderers to Scottish-side Hamilton Academicals. Vaz te, who has recently been recovering from a lengthy injury, hasn’t played at all this season for the first team. The former Portuguese Under-21 international has failed to make an impact on the first team, and has recently been playing for the Bolton reserves.
For some reason, all of the good moves happen late. Former Benfica defender Ricardo Rocha, who has played for the likes of Tottenham and Standard Leige, has recently been without a club. Portsmouth, trying to fill the void that will be left from Kaboul’s departure to Tottenham, snatched up the injury-prone defender.
Elsewhere, Felipe Teixeira has made a loan move from West Brom to Barnesley. This move will be good for the Portuguese midfielder who has gotten limited playing time for the Championship side.
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.
Andre Marques and Daniel Fernandes have moved from Sporting and Bochum, respectively, to Greek outfit Iraklis Thessaloniki. Andre Marques, a left-back, was finally finding his stride under former coach Paulo Bento, but when Carvalhal took over the reigns, it became evident that Marques was not in his plans. In Germany, Daniel Fernandes has slowly been falling out of favor, and has barely played at all this season. The move probably has more meaning for Fernandes than it does for Marques, because Fernandes is trying to salvage any chance of playing for Portugal at the World Cup.
It’s official, all of the speculation is over. Ruben Micael has made a 5 million euro move to Portuguese champions Porto. This is Porto’s first purchase of the winter transfer period, and at 5 million, Porto will feel lucky to get him so cheap. Ruben Micael has been wanted by a number of European clubs such as Werder Bremen and Real Zaragoza. Sporting Lisbon were on the brink of signing the highly rated midfielder earlier this month, but the deal fell through. This move will surely raise Micael’s chances of making his was into the National Team.