Fabio Faria has been loaned to Spanish side, Valladolid, until the end of the season. Faria was one of the standout players last season at Rio Ave, and his performances were more than enough to convince Benfica to sign him. He has since found first team opportunities limited at the club, and will be looking to gain some playing time at Valladolid. Valladolid are currently sitting in 12 place in the Liga Adelante, after having been relegated from the Liga BBVA last season. Faria will travel to Spain to finalize the deal tomorrow morning.
Porto full-back Miguel Lopes will spend the rest of the 2010-2011 season in the Spanich second-tier with Real Betis. Lopes, who impressed for Rio Ave in the 2008-2009 season, was quickly snapped up by Liga powerhouse FC Porto. He has since found playing time hard to come by, with Fucile and Sapunaru more established players. When Emidio Rafael was bought this summer, Lopes must have realized that it was time to try elsewhere. Lopes will be the only Portuguese player playing for Betis this season, after it was announced that Ricardo had not made the first team, and Nelson was to be loaned out to Osasuna.
A lot has been happening lately involving transfers, and it seems that the more that happens, the less time I have to report on it. Here’s the brunt of it.
Portuguese Under-21 international Pizzi has been loaned from Braga to fellow Liga Zon Sagres Pacos Ferreira. The 20 year-old was on loan to Pacos for half of last season, and after some intense negotiations, Braga have decided to loan him out again, this time for the entire 2010-2011 season.
Benfica starlet Nelson Oliveira has apparently swapped a loan move from Rio Ave to Pacos Ferreira. Originally, Oliveira was to play for Rio Ave for the 2010-2011 season, but it has now surfaced that the Portuguese Under-19 international will now be playing for Pacos de Ferreira instead. Why? I don’t know.
FC Porto youngster Sergio Oliveira will spend next season on loan to Liga Zon Sagres newcomers Beira-Mar. Oliveira was quite impressive in the recent UEFA U-19 championships, scoring against Italy.
Danilo Periera, who recently impressed with the Portugal Under-19 side at the UEFA Euro U-19 Championship, has recently been touted to move to Serie A, specifically Genoa and Parma. Parma somehow came out on top and Pereira is tied to them for the next 5 years. Supposedly he will be unveiled tomorrow.
Portuguese World Cup star Tiago has, once again, been loaned to Europa League champions Atletico Madrid from Juventus. Quique Flores, the Atleico coach, struggled to get Tiago again after an impressive spell last season.Tiago thoroughly approved the move, saying that Atletico is the only team he would consider moving to.
Raul Meireles was suprisingly left out of Porto’s squad for their upcoming Europa League match, further fueling the transfer speculation surrounding him. Sir Alex Ferguson is apparently searching for a replacement for the aging Paul Scholes. After he failed at his bid for German midfielder Ozil, Sir Alex has now shifted his attention to Raul Meireles. Meireles was one of Portugal’s bright points at this summer’s World Cup, and Chelsea were apparently on the verge of signing him this summer, but the deal fell through.