Ruben Micael is now an SC Braga player, after the Portuguese club purchased half of the rights to the player for 3 million euros, a record purchase for the club. Micael has been in scintillating form for Braga this season, where he has been on loan from Atletico Madrid. The midfielder moved to Atletico as part of the Falcao deal, but was immediately loaned to Zaragoza. He spent the entirety of last season on loan at the Spanish club, and joined Braga at the beginning of this season. He had previously shown what he could do in the Liga Zon Sagres first with Nacional and then with Porto, and many were eagerly awaiting his performances for Braga. He has not disappointed. Micael has amassed four goals and two assists in ten appearances this season, and has become one of Braga’s most valued assets. The contract that he signed is valid for five years.
Sporting striker Helder Postiga will no longer be playing in Portugal after the Lisbon-based club agreed terms with Real Zaragoza, of the Spanish League. The Spanish team had to pay Sporting 1 million euros for his services, and the striker will meet up with fellow countrymen Ruben Micael and Fernando Meira. Postiga has been in sporadic form since arriving at Sporting from Porto in 2008, but has played well enough to merit a spot in the starting lineup for the club and also for the Portuguese National Team.
Ruben Micael has put pen to paper on a move from Porto to Atletico Madrid. The fee is believed to be around 5 million euros. Micael joined Porto from Nacional Madeira in January of 2010, and has since mainly made his contributions from the bench. Nevertheless, Portugal coach called the midfielder up for the team’s friendly match against Finland earlier this year. Micael scored both of Portugal’s goals in their 2-0 victory. Due to the arrival of Steven Defour from Standard Liege, Micael is searching for regular playing time, probably in the hope of representing Portugal at Euro 2012. Atletico made the headlines for their signing of Falcao, and Ruben Micael has flown under the radar. The midfielder, however, will not be playing at Atletico this season. It has been announced that he will play at Zaragoza, on a season-long loan. This is most likely due to the imminent transfer of Brazilian star Diego from Wolfsburg.
Fernando Meira has completed his move from Russian powerhouse Zenit to La Liga strugglers Real Zaragoza. Meira has found playing time very hard to come by at the Russian club, especially upon the arrival of compatriot Bruno Alves. Fernando had been linked with a number of clubs, most notably Juventus, but the moves never materialized. The central defender will now ply his trade in Spain as he attempts to end his career on a high note.
Zenit central-defender, Fernando Meira, who has found playing time hard to come by lately at the Russian club, is currently negotiating with La Liga strugglers, Zaragoza. Meira currently plays alongside fellow Portuguese players, Bruno Alves and Danny, but has not enjoyed as much success as those two at the club. Zaragoza reportedly tried to sign Meira earlier in the season, to no avail. Now, a deal could be completed as early as later this week.
After failing to properly adapt in Italy, Eliseu is going back to the league that gave him his start. Zaragoza, who were recently promoted from the Segunda Division, are currently sitting next-to-last in the La Liga standings. There is no doubt in my mind whether this move is going to be good for Eliseu. He showed us last year that he certainly was one of the most valuable Malaga players, if not one of the most desired La Liga players. He showed us that La Liga was the league for him. Eliseu, no doubt, would love to get in the Portugal squad for next summer’s World Cup, which is probably why he is moving back to the league that gave him his start. I expect that we will be seeing great things from the speedy winger.