This season has seen Sporting involved in a hectic final day of the transfer window as key players departed and three loan signings arrived at the Avalade.
What transpired on a remarkable day will do little to convince critics of Frederico Varandas’ presidency, with the haphazard nature of the moves increasing doubts about what the club are hoping to achieve.
This all comes on top of last weekend’s chaotic home defeat by Rio Ave. Bas Dost had previously moved to Eintracht Frankfurt for €7m but Bruno Fernandes will remain at Sporting CP for the rest of the year at least, after his €70m move to Real Madrid failed to materialise. On the final day of the transfer window Sporting’s Brazilian winger Raphinha moved to Rennes (France) for €21m; promising youngster Thierry Correia joined Valencia for €12m and Abdoulay Diaby went out on-loan to Besiktas (Turkey).
In come loan signings Jesé Rodriguez (Paris Saint-Germain), Fernando (Shakhtar Donetsk) and Yannick Bolasie (Everton).
Fans will want answers as they question the quality of these transfers. Did keeping Bruno Fernandes mean sacrificing other players? Where is the replacement for Bas Dost? Has the wage bill really been reduced after these loan signings? And, where exactly is this money generated by the fire sales going?