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.

 

Yannick Signs for Benfica


Yannick Djalo

Unattached to Benfica

Former Sporting Lisbon winger Yannick Djalo has signed for Benfica, after having been without a club for half a season. There had been much speculation as to where Yannick would end up. After a move to Porto was deemed simply a rumor, there was talk that the player could actually join Nice, the club he was set to join originally. Last night, however, amid reports that Benfica were on the verge of signing him, Yannick stated that there were three clubs chasing him. Soon after, Benfica announced on their website that they had hired Yannick on a four year contract. Yannick trained with the club today, and will attempt to earn a spot this summer in the Portuguese squad at Euro 2012.

Yannick Still Club-less


Portuguese forward Yannick Djalo, who has recently been caught in the middle of a mess regarding his summer transfer to Ligue 1 outfit OGC Nice, is still without a club after his trial with Aston Villa fell by the wayside. The striker had announced through Facebook that he was poised to go on trial with Premier League club Aston Villa early in December. Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has pulled the plug, however, stating that the loose ends regarding his contract mess between Sporting and Nice are the reason for the collapse.

Yannick Close to Signing on at Aston Villa


Yannick Djalo

Unattached to Aston Villa?

Yannick Djalo is reportedly very close to a move to Premier League regulars, Aston Villa, according to reports coming out of Portugal. The striker was bought by Ligue 1 outfit Nice in the summer on the last day of the transfer window. The paperwork, however, failed to clear in time, and FIFA deemed the transfer invalid. Sporting did not want the player back, as he was not in coach Domingos Pacienca’s plans, and because the contract with Nice was never validated, Yannick could not play in any official matches for either of the clubs. Yannick still trained with the French club, however, in an effort to maintain his fitness. His future was in doubt, but now, Aston Villa have come to the rescue. Reports coming out of Portugal state that the team is poised to swoop for the forward, either on loan or permanently. The player confirmed this move on Facebook, and it looks almost certain. If he is to play as a striker, Yannick will have to compete with Darren Bent and Gabriel Agblonahor, who have both been in fine form this season. He will most likely enjoy more opportunities on the wing.

Yannick in Transfer Limbo


Sporting winger Yannick Djalo is currently awaiting a decision from FIFA as to whether his transfer from the Portuguese giants to OGC Nice will be validated. The transfer happened a matter of minutes before the close of the window, and FIFA stated that the transfer occurred after 12:00 AM, thus making it invalid. OGC Nice’s coach, Jean-Pierre Rivere is confident that his appeal to FIFA will be successful, as the transfer was all in time (according to him). Yannick and Rivere are now awaiting a verdict.