Benfica B to Gil Vicente (Loan)
Benfica B’s left-back and captain Luis Martins has been loaned to Liga Zon Sagres side Gil Vicente until the end of the season. The defender featured briefly in Benfica’s campaign last season, making four appearances in the league, and one in the Champions League. This season, however, with the inclusion of B teams into Portuguese football, Martins was demoted to the B team, in the Liga Orangina, and made captain. His performances for the team have been stellar. From left-back, he has already scored two goals, and he has led the team to success in the league. Now, it is evident that his skills warrant playing in a higher league. Gil Vicente have come knocking, and Martins will likely be a fixture in the side for the remainder of the season.
Deportivo to Benfica (loan return)
Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has recalled Roderick Miranda from his loan at La Liga side Deportivo, after the defender only made four official appearances for the club this season. The loan was originally set to last the entire season, but due to a lack of center-defenders at the club (Miguel Vitor, Luisao, Garay, and Jardel), Roderick has been recalled. Roderick is now in contention for a rotation role in Benfica’s first team, most likely to play second-fiddle for Garay and Luisao.
Manuel Da Costa – Lokomotiv to Nacional (loan)
Portuguese central defender Manuel Da Costa has joined Liga Zon Sagres side Nacional on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow. Costa did not play in to Slaven Bilic’s first-team plans at the Russian club, and is now searching for regular playing time in Portugal, which he will undoubtedly get. Da Costa moved from West Ham in June 2011, and enjoyed a relatively successful first season at the club, most notably scoring two against Zenit.
Academica to Porto, Arsenal, or Palermo?
Academica forward Eder, also known as Ederzito, is currently being tracked by a host of some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Eder has scored seven goals in all competitions so far this season, and has helped Academica to sixth in the Liga Zon Sagres. The forward was born in Guinea-Bissau, but remains eligible to play for the Portuguese national team as he has yet to play for the African country and has resided in Portugal for the necessary amount of time. A call-up may not be too far away. The player has stated that he hopes to travel with the Portuguese squad to Euro 2012, and although that may be a stretch, a call-up is inevitable if he continues his form. At the end of this season, Eder’s contract with Academica expires, and he will be available for free. Porto, Arsenal, and Palermo have all shown interest, with Palermo’s having already been rejected by the player. Eder has been one of the bright spots in the Liga Zon Sagres this season, which is a breath of fresh air because he is Portuguese.