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.

 

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.

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 Pointed Towards Benfica


Yannick Djalo

Unattached to Benfica?

After a failed trial with Premier League side Aston Villa and some false rumors linking him to Porto, Yannick Djalo is now on Benfica’s radar, according to the Italian press. The Portuguese club has supposedly offered the winger a three year contract that will run out sometime in 2015. Although Benfica look to be the frontrunners for his signature, Parma and Sampdoria are also said to be interested, and are keeping a close eye on his proposed move to Benfica.

Transfer Rumors – 1/9/12


There almost always seems to be more rumors during the transfer window than actual deals. This season has not been an exception, and with the rumors flying in, here are some of the more notable ones.

Salvador Agra

Olhanense to Real Betis?

Salvador Agra has been nothing short of a revelation for Olhanense this season. The winger, who can also be deployed as a striker, joined Olhanense from Varzim at the beginning of the season. Not much was expected of him, at least not as much as he as shown. Though he has only scored once thus far this season, he has proved himself as a vital piece of the team through his lively and smart play. Other clubs have not ignored this. Real Betis look to be front-runners for his signature. Osasuna and Koln have all said to be interested recently, and Betis even had an offer rejected. Olhanense has stated that they do not plan to sell the winger, regardless of the price.

Varela

Porto to Roma?

Another winger that may be on his way out of Portugal is Silvestre Varela. Varela was in spectacular form last season, and was one of the reasons that Porto were as successful as they were. This season, under new coach Vitor Pereira, Varela has found playing time much too hard to come by. The arrival of Djalma from Maritimo in the off season has reduced his playing time further, and talk of winger Yannick Djalo joining the club may just be the last straw. Varela is fed up with sitting on the sidelines, which will undoubtedly hinder his chances of making the Portuguese squad for Euro 2012. Roma’s ears have perked up at all of this talk. The Italian giants are said to have made Varela their number one target.

Yannick Close to Porto


Yannick Djalo

Unattached to Porto?

Reports coming out of Portugal suggest that Yannick Djalo is close to signing for FC Porto. Supposedly, the deal is mere hours away from completion, and will likely be relatively painless, since the winger is a free agent. Yannick had been very close to signing on at Aston Villa, but the proposed trial was rejected for one reason or another. If the move to Porto does materialize, Yannick will be the second player in the past two years to move from Sporting to Porto, the other being Joao Moutinho.

 

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.

Juventus and Roma Following Yannick


According to reports coming out of Portugal, Yannick is being tracked by two of Italy’s biggest teams: Juventus and Roma. Yannick has been linked with a host of foriegn clubs recently, mainly from England. Tottenham was linked recently, but according to his agent, Yannick is close to signing a new contract with Sporting Lisbon. Yannick has been in impressive form so far this pre-season, most notably scoring a brilliant solo effort against Juventus. Yannick has been with Sporting for some time now, but has been impressive in spurts, not able to keep up his form from game to game. Yannick’s pace would suit him for the Premier League, but he is just as receptive to a move to the Serie A.