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.

Portuguese Transfer News – 1/30/10


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.