Out with the old and win with the new?

By TPN/Lusa, in Sport · 09-10-2020 01:00:00 · 0 Comments
Out with the old and win with the new?

FC Porto received €35 million for the sale of footballers Alex Telles and Danilo in the final straight of the transfer market in Portugal, during which Benfica ceded Tiago Dantas and Sporting lost Wendel.

The Brazilian defender went to Manchester United for an immediate €15 million, to which €2 million can be added for the achievement of objectives, while the Portuguese midfielder went to Paris Saint-Germain, who will already pay €4 million for the loan for one year and €16 million for the compulsory purchase clause at the end of the season.

In the final days of the transfer window, the national champions also made the profitable sales of Tiquinho Soares (Tianjin Teda, €5.5 million), Zé Luís (Lokomotiv Moscovo, €5 million) and Yordan Osorio (Parma, €4 million) and said goodbye to Vaná (Famalicão) and Vincent Aboubakar (Besiktas) without any fee and freed up Saidy Janko (Valladolid).

FC Porto also negotiated the transfers of Fernando Andrade (Rizespor) and Tomás Esteves (Reading), one of the European Under-19 champions in the main squad in 2019/20, with a view to future ‘connections’, as was the case with the transfers of Fábio Silva (€40 million) and Vítor Ferreira (€20 million purchase option loan) to Wolverhampton.

Benfica, surprisingly, loaned the promising midfielder Tiago Dantas to the German and European champions Bayern Munich, fixing the purchase option at €8 million, in the same way as the transfer of the striker Carlos Vinícius, best scorer of the last edition of the I League, whose clause is around €45 million, of which three have already been paid by Tottenham.

Other loans included defenders Pedro Álvaro (Belenenses SAD), Pedro Pereira (Crotone) and Tomás Tavares (Alavés), midfielders Alfa Semedo (Reading), David Tavares (Moreirense), Florentino (AS Mónaco), Krovinovic (West Brom) and Nuno Santos (Boavista) and forwards Cadiz (Nashville), Jota (Valladolid) and Yony González (LA Galaxy).

The Portuguese defender Rúben Dias led the definitive sales table of Benfica, signing for Manchester City in exchange for €68 million, well separated from his colleague Cristian Lema (Damac,€2 million) and goalkeeper Ivan Zlobin (€1 million), ready to review in Famalicão the striker Dyego Sousa, who stopped his transfer to Luz.

Alex Pinto (Farense), Bruno Varela (Vitória de Guimarães), Chris Willock (QPR), Heriberto Tavares (Brest), Ljubomir Fejsa (Al Ahli) and Andrija Zivkovic (PAOK), demanded €1.8 million to leave and contributed to keeping the Lisboners away from the €39.6 million associated with entering the group stage of the Champions League.

With almost half (€40.1 million) of the revenues added by rivals FC Porto (€73.75 million) and Benfica (€76.42 million), Sporting bid farewell to midfielder Wendel, who went to Zenit’s Russians for €20.3 million, following in the footsteps of wing Marcos Acuña (Seville, €10.5 million) and Matheus Pereira (€9.1 million), bought out for good by West Bromwich.

The defender Jérémy Mathieu finished his career in Alvalade, from where André Geraldes (APOEL), Rafael Barbosa (Tondela), Miguel Luís (Vitória de Guimarães), Francisco Geraldes and Gelson Dala (Rio Ave) left, at zero cost, in a window marked by several loans, with Rodrigo Battaglia (Alavés) at the head.

Valentin Rosier (Besiktas), Idrissa Doumbia (Huesca), Eduardo Henrique (Crotone), Mattheus Oliveira (Coritiba), Filipe Chaby (Académica), Abdoulay Diaby (Getafe), Pedro Mendes (Almería), Leonardo Ruiz (Logroñés) all had the same fate, although they did not represent significant ‘casualties’ in the rejuvenation of Sporting’s squad.

A similar reality was experienced by Sporting Braga, unchanging in the final hours of a closed season marked by the most valuable deal in its history - from Francisco Trincão, for FC Barcelona, for €31 million- as well as the definitive sale of Ahmed Hassan (Olympiacos, two ME) and the end of the transfers of Wallace (Lazio) and João Palhinha (Sporting).

Pablo Santos (Hatayspor), Xadas (Mouscron) and Fábio Martins (Al Shabab) were on loan, as were the former athletes of Vitória de Guimarães Pedrão (Al Wahda) and Frederico Venâncio (Lugo), who attended the transfers of Pêpê (Olympiacos,€3 million), João Carlos Teixeira (Feyenoord, €1.6 million) and Davidson (Alanyaspor,€1 million).

In the farewell to the 1st League are names like Miguel Silva (APOEL), Florent (Paris FC) and Ola John (RKC Waalwijk), transferred from Vimaranenses, Rúben Ribeiro (Hatayspor) and Hugo Vieira, from Gil Vicente, as well as Licá and Marco Matias, who have left the connection to Belenenses SAD, from where André Santos left to Grasshoppers.

Pedrinho (Riga) left Paços de Ferreira, Iago Santos (Al Taawon) and João Aurélio (Pafos) left Moreirense and Jackson Martínez finished his connection to Portimonense, while Boavista signalled the end of an era, saying goodbye to figures such as Idris (Sporting da Covilhã), Mateus (Penafiel) and Ricardo Costa (end of career).

Lusa



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