transfer news - 2004



The Brazilian Marcelo Labarthe, 20, offered by Rio Grande do Sul giants Internacional in part exchange for midlfielder Tinga, who returns to Brazil, was in Lisbon Monday to undergo medical tests prior to signing for Sporting. He is not due to join the squad until the end of the season, but said that he is willing to start as from the January transfer window, if Sporting so wish.


Benfica have not given up on Brazilian star Robinho, and Friday's A Bola has him at the Luz for two and a half years. Meanwhile, in Brazil, the Santos player's mother has been released by kidnappers, in return for a reported 200,000 dollars.

Benfica, weakened by a rash of injuries, are (according to A Bola) also interested in Marítimo forward Leo Lima. The Madeiran side's asking price of 2.5 million euros is a stumbling block, however.

Differences over the fee mean that Vitória de Setúbal's Brazilian forward Jorginho will not now be going to Sporting. The club has also had an offer from Galatasaray , but the player is not keen to move to Turkey.

Filipe Oliveira, the Portuguese Under-21 international at the service of Chelsea, will be loaned out to Championship side Preston for a month. He may pssibly then be loaned out to a Portuguese side.


The Robinho saga continues. Benfica have been trailing the Brazilian star of Santos, but the fee asked is way beyond their means: 20 million euros. It seems likely that Robinho will go to Real Madrid, but only as from next season. At the moment they have too many 'foreign' players, but when Roberto Carlos and Walter Samuel are naturalised, then Robinho can be incorporated into the squad. Until then, there is a chance that Real will loan Robinho to Benfica for the rest of the season, as from January's transfer window.

Júlio César, 25, goalkeeper with Brazilian club Flamengo, will meet FC Porto officials this weekend with a view to signing for the European champions. His contract with Fla expires in December, and he could join FCP at no cost.


Vitória de Setúbal's much coveted Brazilian striker Jorginho, 27, has signed for Sporting on a four-year contract that begins in January.


High-flying Vitória de Setúbal's forward Jorginho has turned down a second offer to renew his contract with the club. The brazilian is expected to sign for one of the Três Grandes when the transfer market reopens.

Sports daily A Bola reported Tuesday that Benfica want to sign Santos midfielder Robinho, although the player has already said that he is interested in Real Madrid. Benfica are prepared to offer midfielder Roger, currently on loan to Fluminense, as a bargaining chip.

A Bola also mooted Inter Milan's Greek midfielder Karagounis as being on Benfica's shopping list. And the same paper has Liverpool chasing Beira-Mar's English striker Stephen McPhee, who has caused a good impression in his first season in Portuguese football.


According to some of the French sports press, Paris St Germain are interested in signing FC Porto's South African striker Benni McCarthy during the upcoming transfer window. McCarthy is a favourite with the fans at Porto, but does not have the best of relationships with coach Víctor Fernandez.

Brazilian Robinho may, according to British Sunday 'News of the World', go to Chelsea from Brazilian club Santos, but then be loaned out to Benfica. Benfica have said that they are interested in the player, but the 20 million euros asking price is obviously beyond them.

Inter Milan may be interested in Benfica's Brazilian international central defender Luisão, according to the Italian sports press.

Benfica striker Tomo Sokota may be leaving the Lisbon club. His agent has said that the Crroatian international wants at least 750 thousand euros a year, as opposed to the 500 he is currently getting. According to the Croatian sports paper Sportske Novosti, Nuno Gomes, Simão and Geovanni are all getting 1.2 million at the club. Sokota's contract is up in the summer


Brazilian club Cruzeiro have confirmed that FC Porto have signed Brazilian left-back Leandro, 25, for a fee of 2 million euros.


In the next few days, Benfica will acquire an extra 25% of the pass of giant Brazilian international central defender Luisão, to give them 50%. Luisão seems to have been interesting some big European clubs, Real Madrid among them.

FC Porto want to buy 25-year-old left back Leandro from Brazilian club Cruzeiro.


Estoril Praia, newly returned to the SuperLiga, are claiming 400,000 euros from Chelsea for 'nurturing' full-back Paulo Ferreira, who signed for the London club from FC Porto in the close season. The deadline for payment came and went at the end of August. If Estoril do not see the colour of the money, they are set to file a complaint with FIFA which could see Chelsea barred from registering new players.


Académica of Coimbra have signed Cameroonian midfielder Clément Beaud, 24, from Lithuanian club FK Vetra of Vilnius.


Negotiations have fallen through for FC Porto striker to Benni McCarthy to join Everton. The South African said that he had one foot in the English club but that Porto had for some reason put a brake on the move. He was keen to leave Porto because he did not have a very happy time under Victor Fernandez when they were both at Celta de Vigo, and now Porto have signed Luís Fabiano and have Hélder Postiga and Derlei for more or less the same position.


Brazilian international striker Luís Fabiano, 24, was presented as an FC Porto player Tuesday before around two thousand at the Estádio do Dragão. The contract is for five years and Porto will 'own' a quarter of the player, for which they paid 1.875 million euros.

Porto have loaned Lithanian striker Edgaras Jankauskas to French side Nice for a season.

Sporting Braga have signed Brazilian forward Lima, 22, from Cruzeiro on a year's contract.

Honest Amaobi, a Nigerian striker of 23 who was playing in Vietnam, has joined Rio Ave on a four-year contract.


FC Porto are close to signing Braziian international striker Luís Fabiano from São Paulo. for an estimated 13 million euros, which, if confirmed, will be Porto's biggest ever purchase. The club have sold left-back Rossato to Real Sociedad, but keep 50% of his pass. Winger Marco Ferreira has been loaned out to Vitória de Guimarães.

Boavista have loaned Moroccan winger Ali and striker João Paulo to newly- promoted Estoril Praia for a season.


Nuno Morais, 20, who represented then Liga de Honra side Penafiel last season, ahs signed a three-year deal with Chelsea, but is expected to play in the reserves for the moment.

FC Porto midfielder Maniche, who was expected to move to a European club in the close season after a brilliant last season and a good showing at Euro 2004, has extended his contract with the 'Dragons' until 2007.

Defender Abel Xavier, who played at Benfica early in his career, has offered to play for them without pay until the end of the year, and then to sign a contract if the club is happy with him. Xavier, famous for his outlandish hair styles, has also represented Liverpool, Galatasaray and Hamburg.

Portuguese striker Moreira, formerly of Boavista but in recent seasons an ever-present for Belgian club Standard Liège, has signed for Hamburg for a season, with an option for an extra two.


Carlos Secretário, former FC Porto (and previously Real Madrid) right back who was to have hung up his boots at the end of last season, has signed a one-year contract with Maia of the Liga de Honra (second division).

Paulo Turra, the Brazilian central defender released by Boavista, has signed for arch rivals Vitória de Guimarães.


Juventus are keen to sign Benfica's right-back Miguel, 24. Benfica value the player at 15 million euros.


Boavista have confirmed the signing of Paços De Ferreira central defender Cadú on a four-year contract.

FC Porto are set to sign 21-year-old striker Davide from Estrela da Amadora. Porto's Hugo Luz and Soderstrom are likely to travel the other way in part exchange.


Former Sporting, Benfica, Celta de Vigo and Celtic striker Jorge Cadete, 34, has signed a one-year contract with Segunda B (third division) side Pinhalnovense. He made his debut Saturday, playing in the second half of a 1.1 draw with Spanish side Don Benito. Cadete failed to score, however.


Paris St Germain have signed former Benfica captain and central defender Hélder Cristovão, 33, on a year's contract. He joins compatriots Pauleta and Filipe Teixeira at PSG.

Boavista have signed Paços de Ferreira central defender Cadú, 22, on a four-year contract. He will replace Brazilian Paulo Turra, set to leave the club under dubious circumstances.

Boavista's defender/defensive midfilder Filipe Anunciação has been released by the club, although he still has three years left on his contract. Striker João Paulo, loaned to Beira-Mar last season, is also on his way out.


British daily newspaper the Guardian suggested Thursday that Tottenham Hotspur could be interested in signing Real Madrid's Luís Figo, who has recently implied that he is unsettled at the club.


Portuguese international winger Sérgio Conceição has signed for Belgian side Standard Liége on a one-year contract. He spent last season, not entirely happily, at FC Porto, from Lázio.


Winger Nuno Capucho, formerly of FC Porto but most recently of Scottish club Rangers, has signed for Celta de Vigo for a season.

Académica have re-signed Mozambican striker Dário , a club favourite before he left for the Middle East, from Dubai club Al-Jazira for a season.

French 'keeper Debenest has rescinded his contract with Beira-Mar, citing family concerns.

Uruguayan defender Vanzini has rescinded with Sporting Braga and will join Spanish club Terrassa.


FC Porto's unsettled Argentinian full-back Hugo Ibarra, who represented Mónaco last season, will be loaned to Español of Barcelona for a season. Ibarra has made it clear that he doesn't want to be at Porto, although he still has time left on his contract.

Benfica midfielder Ednilson, 21, has joined Gil Vicente on a season's loan. The Portuguese U-21 international has a contract with Benfica until 2006, but last season he wasn't wanted there (loaned to Vitória de Guimarães), and this year also.


Boavista presented Tuesday their new signing: Felipe Flores, 27, a Chilean striker from La Serena, who has signed for one year, with two more as optional.

Beira-Mar have also gone for the South American market, signing Uruguayan striker Santiago Silva, 23, from Energie Cottbus of Germany.


Nigerian international defender Joseph Enakarhire, 22, has signed for four years for Sporting from Standard Liége of Belgium.

Paulo Assunção and Bruno Alves of FC Porto have been loaned out to AEK Athens, now coached by former Sporting and FC Porto coach Fernando Santos.


Brazilian international midfielder Diego has signed for FC Porto from Santos for a fee of seven million euros.

Benfica have signed Brazilian midfielder Everson, 28 from French side Nice on a four-year contract. Everson arrives with a thigh injury.

Luís Figo told the press Firday that he thought Real Madrid would not extend his contract beyond December, which is when his present one expires.

Boavista have loaned striker Yuri to Estoril and midfielder Pedro Santos to Penafiel. Both clubs are newcomers to the Superliga.

Brazilian striker Gaúcho, 31, who made his name in Portugal with Estrela da Amadora and Marítimo before a spell in Korea, has joined Rio Ave on a two-year contract.

Brazilian striker Mário Jardel, who spent two successful spells in Portugal with FC Porto and Sporting, has signed one-year contract with Argentinian side Newell's Old Boys.


Sporting have signed Brazilian midfielder Rogério from Corinthians on a three-year contract.


Rosenborg have sold their striker Karadas, 22, to Benfica for 1.5 million euros

Boavista have signed Chilean striker Felipe Flores, 27, from Deportes la Serena. Flores scored 17 goals in the Chilean Torneio Abertura this year.

Central defender Ricardo Carvalho, who signed for Chelsea from FC Porto Tuesday, will earn 3.3 million euors a year during his stay at the club.


FC Porto central defender Ricardo Carvalho has become the costliest player ever to leave a Portuguese club. Chelsea (and former boss José Mourinho) have signed him on a four-year contract for the handsome sum of 30 million euros after it was generally expected that he would sign for Real Madrid, but Real's president Florentino Perez was unwilling to meet the sum that the London club eventually coughed up. FC Porto have thus banked 65 million euros over the close season from Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira (also to Chelsea) and Deco (Barcelona).

AC Milan have denied that Rui Costa will be leaving the club this season. It was announced in various organs of the press Monday that the midfileder would be joining Manchester United.

Midfielder Rui Bento, who finished his contract with Sporting at the end of the season, has been named player-coach of Académica de Viseu of the Segunda B. Bento has also played for Benfica and Boavista.

Sporting winger Luís Filipe has rescinded his contract with the Lions and will move to Madeiran side Marítimo.

Brazilian midfielder Juninho Petrolina has moved from Beira-Mar to Belenenses. He is joined by full back Cabral who was returns to Restelo after a couple of seasons at Benfica.

Beira-Mar have cancelled the deal to lend Nigerian stiker Kingsley, 22, to Swedish club Malmo. Kingsley has five seasons left on his contract at the Aveiro club.

Defender Marco Caneira has been confirmed as a Valencia player for one season, on loan from Bordeaux.



Brazilian midfielder Diego, 19, has signed for FC Porto for four years. FCP will pay eight million euros for the Santos player.


The agent of FC Porto's Maniche confirmed Friday that Arsenal are interested in signing the Portuguese international midfielder

Belenenses Angolan international forward Mauro has joined Liga de Honra side Estrela da Amadora on a year's loan.


Sporting have signed a four-year deal with Chilean international striker Mauricio Pinilla. Sporting have paid 1m euros for the 20-year-old, who spent the second part of last season on loan at Celta de Vigo from AC Chievo Verona. The Lisbon side will own 50 per cent of the player, while Chievo will retain the other half.


Chelsea have finally signed Benfica midfielder Tiago for a reported 12 million euros.

Sporting are to sign midfielder Hugo Viana of Newcastle on a year's loan. Viana returns to Alavalade after a disappointing spell at the Geordie club.

Sporting are also hoping to sign Corinthians captain Rogério, in dispute with the Brazilian club.


Sporting Braga and Irish striker Dominic Foley have rescinded the contract that bound the player to the club. Foley was at Braga for a season but failed to make his mark.

After four years at Napoli, the former Sporting midfielder Vidigal has moved to Livorno, newly-promoted to Italy's Série A.


Benfica have signed 30-year-old French left back Manuel dos Santos from Marseilles.

But it seems that any possible move of midfielder Tiago to Chelsea is now off. Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira said that Chelsea are being too demanding in the terms of the contract, and that Tiago will now remain at the club. His contract is for three more years.

Former Benfica midfielder Calado, now at the service of Real Bétis of Spain, has been loaned out to Numancia, newly promoted to the Spanish First Division.

Another fomer Benfica player, the versatile defender Marco Caneira, is set to join Valencia from Bordeaux.

Forwards Mauro and Ceará have been released by Lisbon club Belenenses.

Nigerian striker Kingsley has moved from Beira-Mar to Swedish club Malmo on a three-year contract.


Sporting's Brazilian striker Silva and Benfica's winger Alex have joined Vitória de Guimarães on a year's loan.

Barcelona are prepared to offer to lend FC Porto Brazilian striker Luís Fabiano in part exchange for midfielder Maniche, according to Spanish sports paper as.


João Pinto, 32, has returned to his first club, Boavista. He could not agree terms with Sporting for renewal there, but was not ready to hang up his boots. He joins the Panthers on a one-year contract, with the option of an extra year. Boavista wanted him for three.

Meanwhile, Sporting are gambling on players at the other end of the age scale. They have just signed 16-year-old Alison from the Brazilian club Craques de Brasília.


Hélder Postiga was presented as an FC Porto player Friday, transferring back to the European Champions from Tottenham. Meanwhile, midfielder Pedro Mendes , a Portuguese international, went the other way.

Sporting have signed the Cameroonian forward Rudolph Douala, 26, from União de Leiria. In Portugal, Douala has also played for Boavista and Gil Vicente.

Newly-promoted Estoril Praia have secured the services of Brazilian forward Kena from Baía on a three-year contract.


FC Porto president Pinto da Costa confirmed Thursday that the club are in negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur for the return of striker Hélder Postiga. to Porto. Postiga has spent a year at Spurs with limited success.

Sporting's Brazilian striker Silva, 28, who moved to the club last season from Boavista, is almost certain to move back up north, this time to represent Vitória de Guimarães on loan. Silva had a poor season at the Lisbon club.

Midfielder Ljubinko Drulovic, 35, has signed for Penafiel, newly promoted to the Superliga, from Partisan Belgrade. Drulovic made his name in Portugal at FC Porto in the 90s, and then moved to Benfica.

Angolan international midfielder André has moved from Boavista to Turkish club Gaziantepspor.


FC Porto have confirmed the signing of Boavista midfielder Raul Meireles ona five-year contract. Defensive midfielder Tiago Perreira goes the other way as part of the deal.

FC Porto president Pinto da Costa revealed Wednesday that Sérgio Conceição has been released. After a meeting with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, Pinto da Costa also denied that there were any deals to take Ricardo Carvalho and Maniche to Madrid.

FC Porto's midfielder Cândido Costa, who last season played on loan to English club Derby County, will be a Sporting Braga player for the next three years.

Benfica have signed Portugal's second-choice 'keeper Quim from Sporting Braga. they already have Portugal's third choice and U-21 'keeper Moreira on their books, and have also recently signed Yannick from Alverca.

Boavista midfielder Ricardo Sousa, the club's top scorer last season (14), has moved to German club Hannover on a three-year contract. Boavista wil receive 750,000 euros, Sousa 500,000 a year.

Former Sporting midfielder Afonso Martins, 31, has signed a one-year contract with Moreirense. He was at Vitória de Guimarães last season.


As expected, Deco was presented as a Barcelona player Tuesday. He has moved to Cataluña from FC Porto for 16 million euros. The fee would have been more, but FC Porto have accepted winger Ricardo Quaresma in part exchange. Quaresma moves to Porto on a five-year contract.


Deco will be presented as a Barcelona player Tuesday. The contract will be for four years, and may involve unsettled winger Ricardo Quaresma going the other way.

Various English newspapers ran the news Monday that Sporting and national team ´keeper Ricardo could be on his way to Liverpool or Celtic. The player's agent denied the rumours, insisting that "Ricardo is a Sporting palyer."

Newcastle have dropped their interest in Benfica right back Miguel. He had a good Euro 2004 and Benfica upped his price accordingly.

Central defender Hélder Rosário has joined Boavista from Belenenses on a two-year contract. He joins the following new signings at the Bessa: Nélson (left back from Salgueiros), José Manuel (right winger, Paços de Ferreira), Carlos Fernandes (left back, Belenenses), Lucas (midfielder, Académica), Carlos Fernandes (goalkeeper, Felgueiras), Milhazes (left back, Varzim), Guga (forward, V. Guimarães) and Toñito (midfielder, Sporting).

Veteran Sporting Braga captain Barroso has extended his contract with the club for an extra season.


FC Porto have stolen Nacional's Brazilian midfielder Paulo Assunção from under the noses of Sporting, who thought they had a gentleman's agreement with Nacional for the sale. The player has committed himself to the Dragão for four seasons.

Académica have signed the 20-year-old Rafael Gaúcho from the Brazilian club Juventude de Caxias. He joins others who have already signed for the Coimbra club: Dani (ex-Naval), Bruno Leite (ex-Vasco da Gama) and Danilo (ex-Coritiba)


Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Silas is to join Madeiran side Marítimo on loan for a season. Silas was previously with União de Leiria.

Boavista seem ready to sell jewel Raul Meireles to FC Porto. Negotiations over the Portuguese U-21 midfielder are on-going between the two clubs, but agreement is expected soon and may involve the loan of Porto players to Boavista.

União de Leiria have signed Renato Queirós from Paços de Ferreira and Hugo Cunha from Vitória de Guimarães.

Bolton Wanderers of the English Premiership have declared an interest in signing FC Porto left-back Nuno Valente, currently on duty with the Portuguese team at Euro 2004.


Newcastle United are interested in Benfica and Portuguese international right back Miguel. Benfica want 13 million euros, but Newcastle have offered 6.5 million plus Hugo Viana, subsequently 'keeper Steve Harper, on loan.

Joan Laporta, Barcelona president, has confirmed that the Catalan club is in negotiations with FC Porto for the transfer of midfielder Deco, but any decisions over the move willbe left until after Euro 2004. Bayern Munich are also interested in the player, but Deco seems inclined towards Barcelona.


Sporting have signed their first reinforcement for the coming season. It is Paulo Assunção, the Brazilian midfielder who was part of Nacional's astonishing campaign last season, finishing fourth. Sporting's new coach José Peseiro was previously at Nacional and knows the player well.

The Spanish sports papers Marca and As have both suggested that Ricardo Carvalho, FC Porto's central defender who is having an excellent Euro 2004 for Portugal, is headed for real Madrid.


Benfica have signed Alverca's goalkeeper Yannick on a three-year contract. Yannick is expected to be understudy to Portuguese U-21 international Moreira, currently with the full Portuguese squad. Benfica also signed Alverca's young winger Manu, but will loan him to Modena, now in Italy's Serie B.


Estoril Praia's Portuguese U-21 winger Carlitos has signed for Benfica on a five-year contract.

União de Leiria have signed Croatian forward Petar Krpan from Hadjuk Split. Krpan had a spell at Leiria between 1999 and 2001, on lan from sporting, his then club. The contract is for two years.

Benfica full-back Armando has signed a three-year deal with Spanish First Division side Villareal.


Paços de Ferreira full-back Zé Nando has signed for Vitória de Guimarães for a year. Goalkeeper Palatsi has extended his contract, also for a year.


Gil Vicente have signed Jorge Ribeiro and Rui Baião from Varzim on three-year contracts.

Ricardo Esteves of Paços de Ferreira (and formerly of Benfica) has signed a two-year contract with Italian side Reggina.


Benfica midfielder Fernando Aguiar has signed for Swedish club Landskrona BolS for two and a half years. "As Swedish football is hard and physical, I think I'm going to adapt well", he said.

Bayern Munich are the only club to have made an offer for FC Porto midfielder Deco, but the 20 million euros offered is not quite what Porto had in mind. Full back Paulo Ferreira is as good as at Chelsea (for 20 million euros), pending a medical. Inter Milan have offered Porto 7.5 million euros for central defender Ricardo Carvalho , a sum the club regards as preposterous.

Boavista's Colombian midfielder/left back Viveros has signed for Nantes on a three-year contract.


FC Porto are looking into the possibility of signing Panathinaikos and Greek international right back Seitaridis to replace Paulo Ferreira, on his way to Chelsea to team up again. with coach José Mourinho.

Benfica have rescinded contracts with the goalkeeeprs Bossio and Nuno Santos.


The Cameroonian forward Douala, formerly of Boavista but a success story at União de Leiria last season, is on Marítimo's shopping list. The Madeiran club qualified for next season's UEFA Cup competition.

Rio Ave's left back Miguelito is intertesting Livorno, newly promoted to Italy's Série A.

The Russian Alexander Mostovoi, former Celta Vigo and Benfica midfielder, is being promised as part of the campaign of one of the candidates for Vitória de Guimarães' presidential elections.


After a brief tour of North America, Boavista coach Jaime Pacheco and the Club's Board have already decided which players to keep and which to release for next season. Some of the names of those to be released are surprising: Mário Loja, Pedro Santos, Jocivalter, Ali, Yuri, Luiz Cláudio, Isidro, Saúl, Steven, Erivan, Daniel, Glauber, Nélson, Vítor Borges, Hélder Calvino and Saná.

Those players retained for the moment are:

Goalkeepers: Khadim, William, Carlos (ex-Felgueiras)

Defenders: Nélson (ex-Salgueiros), Filipe Anunciação, Paulo Turra, Éder, Jorge Silva, Carlos Fernandes (ex-Belenenses), Milhazes (ex-Varzim)

Midfielders: Frechaut, João Pedro (ex-Ermesinde), Raul Meireles, André, Lucas (ex-Académica), André Barreto (ex-Estoril), Ricardo Sousa, Rui Gomes (ex-junior), José Pedro (ex-Vit. Setúbal)

Forwards: Martelinho, José Manuel (ex-Paços Ferreira), Hugo Monteiro (ex-júnior), Diogo Valente (ex-Desp. Chaves), Cafú, Fary, João Paulo (ex-Beira Mar).


Sporting and João Pinto have decided to go their separate ways. The player's contract terminates at the end of June, but the two parties have agreed to split after four years. (The 'Menino Dourado' was previously at Benfica, Boavista and Atlético Madrid).


Sporting Braga are not going to renew the contracts of Artur Jorge, Éder, Wooter, Nordim and Nikolov, as well as that of Pena, who leaves under a disciplinary cloud. Defender Artur Jorge has been at the club for 18 years. Meanwhile, Portuguese international 'keeper Quim has renewed with the club for four years.

Boavista have released French-Morroccan winger Ali after just one season. He joins Pedro Santos, Mário Loja, Jocivalter and Duda, all looking for a new club.


Nuno Capucho, 32, has rescinded his contract with Rangers by mutual consent. He has been at the club for just one season (from FC Porto) and had one more on his contract. He scored six goals in 24 games for the Scottish side.


Sporting Braga have released Brazilian striker Pena, on loan from FC Porto. Pena, who was top scorer in the Primeria Liga for Porto in 2000/01, was involved in an altercation with the club's fitness coach in training last week and was immediatley suspended.


Sporting's João Pinto will leave the club at the end of the season. His contract has expired and the two parties have not come to any agreement as to renewal. Qatar is s possible destination for the former Benfica and Boavista player.


Boavista, looking to renew their squad after a relatively disastrous season, have rescinded contract with Colombian international midfielder Viveros. Viveros found a niche at left back under coach Erwin Sanchez earlier in the season, but was not an option when Jaime Pacheco returned. Meanwhile, the club is interested in signing Alverca striker Rodolfo Lima , who has scored ten goals this season.


Benfica are interested in signing Henrik Larsson from Celtic. The Swedish forward ends his contract with the Scottish club at the end of the season. The only obstacle may be the wages asked by the player.


Marítimo's central defender Kepler Laveran Lima Ferreira ('Pepe') is to join FC Porto at the end of the season. The Brazilian, 21, is a possible replacement for Ricardo Carvalho, much sought after following Porto's exploits in the Champions League.

Former FC Porto and Sporting striker Mário Jardel is wanted by Brazilian club Palmeiras after their disastrous Paulista championship and ahead of the Brazilian championship that begins on April 21st. Jardel is still an Ancona (Italy) player, on loan from English club Bolton.


Boavista have signed Salgueiros' young right-sided player Nélson on a contract thought to be for four years. Boavista may now move to sign the striker Fábio from the same club.


Marítimo's Brazilian striker Gaúcho has signed for South Korean club Busan Icons on a two-year contract. Gaúcho has scored over 100 goals in his time in Portugal, for Estrela da Amadora and Marítimo.

Sporting Braga, currently fourth in the SuperLiga, are banking on getting into Europe and have begun reinforcing for next season. The have guaranteed the services of Paços de Ferreira winger Zé Manuel and are looking at lanky Moreirense striker Manoel.


Scottish side Partick Thistle have told striker Jorge Cadete that he is surplus to requirements. He signed on a month's contract and played in six games, but without scoring a single goal.


Nuno Capucho, who transferred to Glasgow Rangers from FC Porto in the close season but who has found it difficult to keep a place in the team, has been told by coach Alex McLeish that his services will not be needed beyond the end of the season, and that he should look for a new club. In the same boat is former Belenenses and FC Porto midfielder Emerson.


Manchester United are interested in signing Benfica wing-back Miguel, according to sports daily A Bola, which suggests that Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Paris St Germain are also interested.

Meanwhile, the same paper reports that Benfica are after CSKA Sofia midfielder Emile Gargorov.


Following Benfica's and their ´keeper Moreira's heroics in Norway on Wednesday, where the team went through to the next round of the UEFA Cup by the skin of their teeth, the club are set to offer to extend Moreira's contract from 2006 to 2010. Also with respect to the European night, the club now have their eyes on Rosenborg striker Azar Karadas, who caused the 'Aguias' defence all sort of problems. A bid may be made for the player for next season.

Deportivo la Corunha are in talks with Barcelona over a possible signing of Brazilian midfielder Fábio Rochemback, currently on loan from the Catalan club to Sporting. Any deal between the two Spanish clubs could also involve Portuguese central defender Jorge Andrade moving to Barcelona from Depor.


Benfica winger Simão Sabrosa has extended his contract with the club until 2010. Simão, still only 24, joined Benfica from Barcelona in July 2001.

Striker Jorge Cadete made his début for Partick Thistle at the weekend against his old club Celtic (1-4). Cadete came on as sub for McBride on 65 minutes and was given a standing ovation by the Celtic fans at the game. His contract at bottom team Partick is for a month.


Jorge Cadete has switched from Raith Rovers (see 19/02 below) to Partick Thistle, but is still only on trial. The former Celtic star and Portuguese international has said that he would love to play against his old side at the weekend, but this is not likely.


Former Sporting, Benfica and Celtic striker Jorge Cadete is having trials at Scottish club Raith Rovers. The 35-year-old, who won the Golden Boot seven years ago playing for Celtic, still believes he has something to offer to football: His last appearance in Portugal was on a 'star' version of Big Brother.


Benfica's left-sided midfielder/forward Hugo Porfírio, 29, has rescinded his contract (which was until 2005) with Benfica and will play in Saudo Arabia. Porfírio, who has also represented Sporting, União de Leiria, West Ham, Racing Santander and Marítimo, was the centre of controversy when he was sacked by the club at the time of infamous president João Vale e Azevedo. He subsequently won compensation in the courts of 2 million euros for wrongful dismissal, but agreed to re-join the club until the compensation was paid off. He has been playing for Benfica's 'B' team.


Benfica have signed American 'keeper Zach Thornton, a free-agent, until the end of the season. Thornton will replace the injured Carlos Bossio as cover for first choice 'keeper Moreira. Thornton was previously at North American club Chicago Fire for six years.


Carlitos, 26, rescinded his contract with Benfica by mutual consent Monday. The winger has not been able to command a regular place in coach Camacho's teams and is now a free agent to look for a club.

Belenenses have signed central defender Emerson, 29, from Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse until the end of the season. Emerson has played seven times for the Brazilian national team.

Former Portuguese international Abel Xavier has signed for German side Hanover until June 2005.


Benfica's Swedish international Anders Andersson has moved to nearby Belenenses on a contract that will take him through to the end of the 2005 season. Andersson was rarely used by Camacho, and wants to get some regular football in to be an option for the Swedish side at Euro 2004. Andersson has 17 caps.

Beira-Mar have signed Boavista's left-sided utility player Rui Lima, 25, on a three-and-a-half-year contract. Lima returned to Boavista this season after a season on loan to Vitória Setúbal, but he has not been picked to play by coach Erwin Sanchez.

João Manuel Pinto, the centre-back released by Benfica in the close season, has joined Spanish second division club Múrcia. Pinto, 30, was recommended to the club by Benfica coach António Camamcho and former Portuguese star Paulo Futre.

The transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Sporting to Manchester United is one of 13 under investigation amid rumours of irregular payments on transfers into the English club.


Benfica midfielder Roger is set to return on loan from whence he came, Fluminense of Rio de Janeiro. Although popular with fans for his unpredictability, he has not been able to hold down a place in the first team under Spanish coach António Camacho, more interested in tactical discipline.


Belenenses, under new coach Augusto Ignácio, have signed Brazilian striker Hugo Henrique on loan from Liga de Honra side Vitória de Setúbal until the end of the season, with two more as optional.


Sporting Braga have signed midfielder Daniel Kenedy, who rescinded with Marítimo this week, for a season and a half. The 29-yerar-old midfielder was the centre of a doping scandal immediately before the 2002 World Cup and was sent home in disgrace and subsequently banned.

Vitória de Guimarães, in dire straits in the relegation zone, presented two new players Tuesday, both on loan until the end of the season: striker Vinícius, 29, and midfielder Jaílson, 21, from Brazilian clubs Fortaleza and Atlético Mineiro respectively.

In even more desperate circumstances are Estrela da Amadora, bottom and lloking doomed. Even so, they have signed central defender Marcos from Brazilian club Sporting Baía. He previously played in Portugal for Sporting and Rio Ave.


União de Leiria have signed left-back Roberto from Brazilian club Grêmio on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He is the club's ninth acquisition since the transfer window opened. The others are: Costinha, Renato, Otacílio, Tiago, Luís Filipe, Hugo Almeida, Francisco Cláudio e Maurito.

Dutch club Waalwijk have signed Bernardo Vasconcelos from Segunda B club Torreense until the end of the season, with an option to extend for two more seasons.


Brazilian midfielder Tinga has signed for Sporting from Brazilian club Grêmio on a three-and-a-half year contract, plus one more as option. Tinga will wear 77.


Central defender Renato has returned to União de Leira after a spell at Leixões. The contract is for two-and-a-half years.

Belenenses have signed yet another Brazilian striker, Ceará, from Azores side Santa Clara, also for two-and-a-half years.


Former Porto and Sporting striker Mário Jardel, sold by the latter to Bolton in the last close season, has been loaned out to Italian Série A side Ancona, bottom of the table. Jardel twice won the European Golden Boot for top scorer (in the 1998/99 and 2001/02 seasons) and was five times top scorer in the Portuguese league: four times for FC Porto (30 goals in 96/97, 26 in 97/98, 36 in 98/99 and 38 in 99/2000) and once for Sporting (42 goals in 2001/02).


Midfielder/forward Sérgio Conceição, 30, who this week rescinded his contract with Lázio, has signed for FC Porto until the end of the season. He will not be able to play for the club in the Champions League as he is 'cup-tied', but he hopes to be in the public eye and thus be one of Felipe Scolari's options for the national side in the summer. The player, who has been in Italy for the last four years, before which he was at FC Porto, said: "I'm going home."


Hélder Postiga, the former FC Porto striker now at Tottenham Hotspur, is in the sights of Spanish club Celta de Vigo. Postiga has had only rare opportunities to show his worth in the Premiership.

Sporting are interested in signing Tinga of Brazilian club Grêmio. The midfielder has not received his salary for the last six months and has taken the club to court in order to be able to rescind his contract with just cause. The decision should be announced this week, after which Tinga will be free to negotiate with Sporting.

The same club's young striker Lourenço has extended his contract, which was to expire this season, until 2007.

The Bulgarian creative midfielder Kiril Nikolov, 27, has signed for Sporting Braga from Litex Lovech. He will be on loan until the end of the season to help the club in their push for Europe. Nikolov has played once for the Bulgarian national team.


Portuguese international midfielder/forward Sérgio Conceição, underused at Lázio and keen to leave to get more visibility prior to Euro 2004 and a possible call up from Felipe Scolari, is being tracked by three Spanish clubs: Celta de Vigo, Bétis and Zaragoça.

Bottom club Estrela da Amadora have signed Jordão, 32, from English club West Bromwich Albion.

Midfielder Luís Vouzela is set to join SuperLiga side Moreirense from Santa Clara of the Azores. Vouzela, formerly with União de Leiria, has a contract with Santa Clara until 2006 and may make the new move on loan.


Paços de Ferreira have signed Beira-Mar winger Rui Dolores, 25, for two and a half seasons. Dolores was unhappy with the lack of opportunities at the Aveiro club. The player moves for nothing, but the clubs will share any future transfer fee.

Sporting Braga's defensive midfielder Nené has been loaned to Turkish first division club Rizespor until the end of the season.

Boavista's striker Márcio Santos, released recently by the club, can choose between Brazilian clubs Atlético Mineiro and Juventude de Caxias, both of which have put in an offer.


FC Porto have signed forward Maciel from União de Leiria, ostensibly to cover for the injured Derlei, who was also from UDL, and midfielder Carlos Alberto from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) side Fluminense, to cover for the possible sale of star Deco at the end of the season. Both of the new players are Brazilian and sign for four-and-a-half and five-and-a-half seasons respectively.

Striker Hugo Almeida and midfielder Tiago (returning to UDL) have gone the other way. UDL have also signed Sporting winger Luís Filipe on loan until the end of the season. União, used to the giddy heights of fourth or fifth place in recent seasons, are struggling in the bottom half of the table this.


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