Though the summer transfer window hasn’t officially begun, clubs are already making moves to strengthen their squads ahead of next season. Somewhat unsurprisingly, there have already been a handful of notable moves involving Portuguese players. With the transfer window open in much of Europe until September 1, and with transfer rumors numerous and growing by the day, many more moves can be expected – especially if Portugal performs at the U-21 Euros later this month.
Bosingwa – Unattached to QPR
Mark Hughes’ QPR has signed experienced fullback Bosingwa on a free transfer after his release from Chelsea at the end of last season. Bosingwa was heavily favored at the beginning of last season under the tutelage of Andre Villas Boas, but gradually fell out of favor under Robert Di Matteo. Though he appeared 27 times for the blues last season, it was confirmed that his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season. His last game for Chelsea was their stunning win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final.
Mark Hughes spoke of his delight with the capture of Bosingwa, stating: “Jose has a lot of versatility which is something I like my players to have. He can operate right across the back and can also play the holding role in midfield.”
As the transfer window slowly comes to a close, there is still much news to report involving Portuguese transfers. Here is the important stuff I could find:
Pedro Mendes moves to Sporting
After what feels like years of negotiations, Pedro Mendes has put pen-to-paper on a 2 and a half year deal. The Portuguese international has recently been out of action for Rangers due to an injury picked up in the Champions League. Pedro Mendes was one of Rangers highest paid players, so this move is an important one for Sporting.
Inter Drop Fernandes Interest
Manuel Fernandes, who has recently been recovering from a leg injury, was thought to have moved to Inter Milan on a loan deal. Evidently, all of the specifics of the move were ironed out, and all that was left was the routine medical. It appears as if Fernandes’s leg hasn’t quite healed enough, so the deal fell through. His presentation was planned out and ready to go, but it was subsequently cancelled. The Valenica midfielder is actively seeking a starting position for this summer’s World Cup, and was hoping that a move would secure that hope.
Ricardo Costa to Lille
Portuguese international defender Ricardo Costa has transfered from German champions Wolfsburg to Ligue 1 side Lille. Lille are enjoying a splendid season, currently sitting third in the French League. Costa’s playing time has slowly been dwindling, so in hopes to renew interest from Carlos Queiroz, and to gain some more playing time, he has moved to France.
Stanislas Oliveira to Blackburn?
In a few very peculiar stories, I learned that Portuguese under – 21 international Stanislas Oliveira has moved from Ligue 2 side Sedan to Premier League side Blackburn Rovers for a estimated 500,000 pound fee. I find this hard to believe, but I guess anything is possible in this wonderful sport.