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30/12/08

The January transfer window in Portugal will start on 5 January 2009 and end only on 2 February to compensate for lost business days during the month.

Vitória de Guimarães have signed Custódio (Miguel Dias de Castro), 25, on a free transfer from Moscow Dynamo; the contract is for three-and-a-half-years. The midfielder joined the Russian club from Sporting in 2007.

02/09/08

Leixões forward Jorge Gonçalves has joined Spanish club Racing de Santander on a four-year contract. He scored seven goals in 29 games for Leixões last season.

There was little movement in the market on the last day before the transfer window shut. The clubs' last minute registrations were these:

F.C. Porto: Pelé (Inter)
Sporting Braga: Januário (ex-junior)
Belenenses: Richard Porta (Siena), Edimilson (Pandurii), Wender (Sporting Braga)
Paços de Ferreira: Guedes (Penafiel), André Pinto (Marítimo)
Rio Ave: Ribeiro
Trofense: Sidney (Al-Khaleej), Paulinho (Vitória de Setúbal)
Estrela da Amadora: Varela (Huelva), Luís Vidigal (Livorno)

All the market movements (Maisfutebol)

01/09/08

Inter Milan have signed FC Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma, 25, for 18.6 million euros, plus the Portuguese midfielder Pelé, valued at six million. Quaresma's contract is for three years, during which he will earn a reported 2.5 million euros a year. Porto will receive a possible additional sum of six million euros depending on Quaresma's performance over the course of his contract. Quaresma's contract with Porto valued rescission at 40 million euros.

31/08/08

Belenenses have signed veteran forward Wender, 33, from Sporting de Braga on a one-year contract.

30/08/08

Benfica have loaned central defender Edcarlos to Fluminense for a year and a half, with the transfer fee set at 3 million euros if the Brazilian club decides to keep him after that time.

Belenenses have signed Uruguayan forward Richard Porta, 23, from Italian club Sienna on a one-year contract.

29/08/08

Benfica have signed Honduran striker David Suazo, 28, on loan from Inter Milan for a season.

Maritimo have loaned midfielder João Coimbra to Gil Vicente and forward André Pinto to Paços de Ferreira.

28/08/08

Marítimo have signed centre-back Rodri on loan from Deportivo La Coruña (they have bought 20% of his pass with an option to buy at the end of the season).

27/08/08

Spanish club Real Bétis are to pay 5m euros for 80% of the pass of Benfica's Cape-Verdean born Portuguese international right back Nélson, 25, who moved to the club three seasons ago from Boavista.

Spanish side Celta de Vigo have loaned Brazilian defensive midfielder Roberto de Sousa Rezende, 23, to Leixões.

Midfielder Diogo Gomes, 22, has signed a two-year deal with Académica from J. Malucelli.

Argentinian midfielder Lívio Prieto, 27, has joined Paços de Ferreira. He has previoulsy played for, among others, AEK Athens, Atlético Mineiro (Brazil) and Emelec (Ecuador).

Russian club Zenit have signed Portuguese international Danny, 25, for 30 million euros from Dynamo Moscow. It is the biggest transfer in the history of the Russian league, and the second biggest in the world in this close season (behind Daniel Alves from Seville to Barcelona). Danny began his career at Marítimo before moving to Sporting.

The Liga has extended the transfer window until 1 September as 31 August is a Sunday.21/08/08

Sporting forward Fábio Paim has joined Chelsea on a one-year loan with option to buy. Paim was loaned out to Paços de Ferreira last season.

19/08/08

Portuguese international midfielder Luís Vidigal, 35, has returned to Portugal after eight years in Italy where he represented Napoli, Livorno and Udinese. He joins Estrela da Amadora , coached by brother Lito, on a two-year contract. Before he moved to Italy, he was a Sporting regular. Estrela are also trying to secure the loan of Sporting winger Varela.

15/08/08

Portuguese international midfielder Pedro Mendes has moved from Portsmouth to Scottish club Rangers for around four million euros. The contract is for three years.

05/08/08

Benfica are set to sign Spanish international forward José António Reyes, 24, on loan from Atlético Madrid; Benfica were due a player from Atlético as part of the deal that took Simão Sabrosa to Madrid last season. Reyes will be the club's ninth signing after Jorge Ribeiro, Ruben Amorim, Yebda, Carlos Martins, Balboa, Urretavizcaya, Pablo Aimar and Sidnei.

30/07/08

Benfica's Portuguese international midfielder Petit, 31, who has been at the club for six years, has moved to German side FC Cologne on a free transfer, saving Benfica a total of two million euros in salaries for the two remaining years of his contract; the 'free' means that Boavista, who hold 50% of his pass, will get nothing. Petit will earn two million euros a year, double his Luz salary.

26/07/08

FC Porto have paid five million euros for half the pass of Brazilian striker Givanildo Vieira de Souza, nicknamed 'The Hulk', from Uruguayan second division club Rentistas.

25/07/08

Benfica have paid five million euros for 50% of the pass of Brazilian central defender Sidnei from Internacional of Porto Alegre, Brazil. The contract is for five years.

Sporting Braga have paid 700,000 euros for 70% of the pass of Brazilian forward Márcio Mossoró from Internacional. Mossoró impressed in a period on loan to Marítimo last season.

23/07/08

After six years at Stuttgart, Fernando Meira has signed for Turkish club Galatasaray for four years.

Sporting's Brazilian midfielder Celsinho has been loaned out to Estrela da Amadora for a season.

Alan has joined Sporting Braga from FC Porto on a free. The Brazilian winger, who was on loan to Vitória de Guimarães last season, signs for three seasons.

Cash-strapped Boavista have secured the loans of Ivan Santos, 19, from Benfica, and Adriano, 22, from Nacional.

Angolan international Mendonça has rescinded his contract with Belenenses.

22/07/08

USA international Freddy Adu has been loaned by Benfica to AS Mónaco, the French club having the option to buy at the end of the season. Adu will represent his country at this summer's Olympic Games.

20/07/08

Much travelled Portuguese international Abel Xavier, 35, has been released by LA Galaxy, for which the player blames coach Ruud Gullit.

19/07/08

Portuguese international centre back Fernando Meira is to leave Stuttgart, where he has been since 2001. His destination is as yet unknown.

U-21 left back Antunes has extended his contract with Roma until 2012 but will be loaned out to Lecce for the new season.

FC Porto are to loan Polish midfielder Kazmierczak to English second-tier club Derby County for a season.

Marítimo have signed three players from Benfica: João Coimbra, Paulo Jorge and Manú.

Ghilas has left Vitória de Guimarães for Spanish side Celta de Vigo.

Boavista have signed striker João Tomás, 33, formerly of Sporting Braga, and Brazilian midfielder Márcio Tarrafa, 23, from Brazilian club Sousa FC.

18/07/08

Benfica presented Argentinian midfielder Pablo Aimar, 28, to 1,500 fans at the Luz stadium on Thursday. Aimar has siged a four-year deal for a fee of 6.5 million euros.

Benfica's Fábio Coentrão has been loaned to Zaragoza for a season as part of the deal that took Aimar to the Luz.

17/07/08

U-21 international goalkeeper Ricardo Baptista has signed a three-year deal with Sporting from Fulham.

FC Porto have loaned Brazilian midfielder Leandro Lima to Vitória de Setúbal.

16/07/08

Argentinian right back Leandro Grimi has signed for Sporting from AC Milan for a fee of 2.5 million euros (Milan retain 35% of his pass. The contract is for five years.

15/07/08

FC Porto have acquired 50% of Romanian international right back Cristian Sapunaru's pass from Rapid Bucharest for 2.5 million euros. The contract is for five years.

After three years at FC Porto, Slovakian left-back Marek Cech, 25, has signed for English side West Bromwich Albion for 1.75 million euros.

07/07/08

Brazilian midfielder Edmilson, 20, has signed a two-year contract with Belenenses from Pundurii of Romania.

Nacional captain Patacas is to join Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia at zero cost.

Brazilian midfielder Paul Assunção, who recently terminated unilaterally his contract with FC Porto, has been confirmed as a reinforcement at Atlético Madrid. The Spanish club is to release Portuguese international midfielder Maniche.

05/07/08

Académica have signed two players from the Polish league: the Slovakian goalkeeper Boris Peskovic (Gornik) and the Polish midfielder Lukasz Madej, 26, (Lodz).

04/07/08

Belenenses have signed Brazilian defender Rodrigo Arroz, 24, from Flamengo.

03/06/08

At FC Porto, who began training on Wednesday, Cláudio Pitbull, Adriano Marek Cech, Leandro Lima, Hélder Barbosa, Renteria and Bruno Morães were absent, implying that they will all be released or loaned out in the coming season.

Belenenses have signed Brazilian central defender Carciano, 27, from Ceará on a two-year contract.

01/06/08

Chelsea and their new coach Luíz Felipe Scolari have signed Portuguese international midfielder Deco, 31, from Barcelona for ten million euros. The Brazilian, naturalised Portuguese, spent four years at Barcelona after moving from FC Porto. He has signed for three years with Chelsea.

Benfica have signed former Sporting midfielder Carlos Martins, 26, from Spanish club Reacritivo Huelva on a five-year contract for three million euros.

27/06/08

Benfica have signed Javier Balboa, 23, from Real Madrid on a four-year contract for four million euros. The Equatorial-Guinean forward's rescission clause is 20 million euros. He played just 57 minutes for Real Madrid last season.

Defender Marco Caneira has returned to Sporting for his third spell at the club after terminating his contract with Valência.

Luís Figo, 35, has renewed his contract with Inter Milan for one more year. "I didn't want to finish my career with a disappointing season," he said.

Midfielder Delfim, 31, has signed for newly promoted Trofense from Naval.

21/06/08

Uruguayan forward Cristian Rodriguez, at Benfica last season, has signed a four-year contract with FC Porto.

Belenenses have signed Brazilian right back Baiano, 21, from Anápolis de Goiás.

18/06/08

Former Benfica left back Miguelito has moved from Sporting Braga to Marítimo, swapping places with Evaldo, who moves the other way.

Angolan international forward Mateus has joined Nacional (from Boavista) on a four-year contract.

Right back Filipe Oliveira has joined Sporting Braga on a two-year contract. The Portugal U-21 international, now 24, was previously on loan to Marítimo and Leixões, on loan from Chelsea.

13/06/08

Midfielder Marco Paulo, 35, has extended his contract with Estrela da Amadora for another season.

Naval have signed 'keeper Jorge Baptista from Leixões.

07/06/08

Cristiano Ronaldo has chosen to move to Real Madrid on a five-year contract and for 9.5 million euros a year, according to Saturday's Spanish press.

Brazilian winger Laionel, 22, has joined Vitória de Setúbal from Boavista on a one-year contract.

06/06/08

Forward Edgar, on loan to FC Porto from the company Inverfutbol but sub-loaned to Académica last season, is to leave Porto and join a Spanish club, as yet unnamed. Inverfutbol has stated that it is to cease to deal with Portuguese clubs.

03/06/08

Portugal international striker Hélder Postiga has signed for Sporting from FC Porto on a three-year contract for 2.5 million euros.

01/06/08

After Portugal's 2-0 win over Georgia on Saturday, some key players opened up a little about their personal futures. Cristiano Ronaldo said that he will announce his club intentions for next season in two or three days' time; real Madrid have been keen to sign the Manchester United star. FC Porto's Ricardo Quaresma said: "It's time to leave [FCP]. I've expressed this wish on several occasions. Let's see what happens." Deco, on his way out of Barcelona, said: "I want to be at a good club ... the situation is not dependent upon my performance at the Euro, but I want to have a good championship and win because that's our objective."

31/05/08

FC Porto's highly respected Brazilian midfielder Paulo Assunção has rescinded his contract with the club under the so-called Webster regulation. This states that a player can terminate his contract after three years (two if the player is over 28). As compensation, the club is entitled only to the amount that the player would be paid in salaries until the end of his existing contract. Paulo Assunção may now only represent a foreign club.

FC Porto have signed midfielder Tomás Costa from Argentinian club Rosário for 3.2 million euros.

Benfica have signed midfielder Hassan Yebda from French club Le Mans on a four-year contract.

Cristiano Ronaldo has decided that he wants to move to Real Madrid, according to his godfather Fernão Sousa, quoted in the Spanish sports daily Marca.

17/05/08

Central defender Kaká has joined Hertha Berlin for two million euros, the second biggest sale in Académica's history.

10/05/08

Chelsea have signed FC Porto right back José Bosingwa Silva for 20 million euros. The London club will have 80% of the Portuguese international's pass.

16/04/08

FC Porto have signed Belenenses central defender Rolando Jorge Pires da Fonseca, 22, on a four-year contract. His contract with Belenenses expires at the end of the season.

01/04/08

(April fool's)

Inter Milan's Luís Figo is set to hang up his boots at Benfica. The former World Player of the Year has welcomed the chance to pair up with old friend Rui Costa, who will be Director of Football at the Luz next season. Sources close to the player said that he is willing to take a considerable cut in wages to finish his career in Portugal.

02/02/08

The biggest signing of the transfer window was Benfica's 3.5 million acquisition of Makukula from Seville. The Portuguese international, whose contract with Benfica is until 2012, has impressed this season with Marítimo, on loan from the Spanish club.

Uruguayan full back Fucile has extended his contract with FC Porto for three years until 2012.

Veteran Sérgio Conceição, 33, was on the point of signing for Académica this transfer window, but, according to the player, a lack of professionalism from the club's directors meant he could not be registered in time, Greek club PAOK, coached by Fernando Santos, now the destination on a year and a half contract.

There was little movement (54 entries) in the Portuguese transfer market during the January transfer window. The Liga (top tier) now has 438 players registered to play from 39 different nationalities. Foreigners and Brazilians make up 56.5% and 34.7% of the total number, respectively. Nineteen of the 54 incoming players are from Portuguese clubs, while 26 are from Brazil; there are now 152 Brazilian players in the Liga, around two thirds of all foreigners. There are 190 Portuguese players registered. Other nationalities include Argentina (13), Serbia (8), Angola (7), Uruguay (6), Cameroon (6) and Senegal (5)

Total players: 438
Nacionalities: 39
Portuguese: 190 (43,4%)
Foreigners: 248 (56,6%)
Brazilians: 152 (34,7%)
Africans: 34 (7,7%)
Europeans (non-Portuguese): 33 (7,5%)
South Americans (non-Brazilian): 25 (5,7%)

Nationalities
- Portugal: 190 players
- Brazil: 152
- Argentina: 13
- Serbia: 8
- Angola: 7
- Uruguay, Camaroon: 6
- Senegal: 5
- France: 4
- Holland, Poland ,Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Nigeria: 3
- Spain, Slovakia, Austria, Montenegro, Congo, Paraguay: 2
-Germany, Greece, Romania, Sweden, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Russia, Ghana, Morrocco, Guinea-Bissau, Algeria, Mali, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Panama, Colombia, USA, South Korea, Qatar: 1

Clubs

New players: 54
Outgoing: 60
Origin of reinforcements: Portugal (19), Brazil (26) other (9)
Club with most Portuguese players: Leixões (20)
Clubs with least Portuguese players: Vitória de Guimarães and Marítimo (9)
Club with most foreigners: Marítimo (25)
Club with most Brazilians: Marítimo (17)
Clubs with most reinforcements: Marítimo, Belenenses, Académica and Boavista (5).
Clubs with least reinforcements: Vitória de Setúbal and Naval (1).
Clubs with most outgoings: Benfica (9)
Clubs with least outgoings: Sporting and Belenenses (1)

F.C. PORTO (30 players)
Portugal: 14
Brazil: 5
Argentina: 5
Uruguay: 1
Slovakia: 1
Serbia: 1
Poland: 1
Ivory Coast: 1
Morrocco: 1
IN: Rabiola and Hélder Barbosa.
OUT: Edgar, Hélder Postiga, Rui Pedro and Edson.

BENFICA (26)
Portugal: 10
Brazil: 4
Uruguay: 2
Argentina: 2
Germany: 1
Greece: 1
Romania: 1
Ivory Coast: 1
Cameroon: 1
Paraguay: 1
Angola: 1
USA: 1
IN: Makukula and Sepsi.
OUT: Miguel Vítor, Romeu Ribeiro, Yu Dabao and Ruben Lima; Fábio Coentrão and Haliche; Marco Ferreira; Andrés Díaz; Miguelito; Bruno Costa.

SPORTING (27)
Portugal: 10
Brazil: 8
Argentina: 2
Montenegro: 2
Serbia: 1
Russia: 1
Slovakia: 1
Sweden: 1
Paraguay: 1
IN: Tiuí and Grimi.
OUT: Carlos Paredes..

VITÓRIA de GUIMARÃES (26)
Portugal: 9
Brazil: 12
Serbia: 2
Cameroon: 1
France: 1
Algeria: 1
IN: Roberto, Marquinho and Paulo Henrique.
OUT: Rabiola and Targino.

VITÓRIA de SETÚBAL (22)
Portugal: 11.
Brazil: 8
Serbia: 1
Cape Verde: 1
South Korea: 1
IN: Bruno Severino
OUT: Matheus, Edinho, Leo Macaé and Portela.

SPORTING BRAGA (27)
Portugal: 14.
Brazil: 7
Poland: 1
Chile:. 1
Peru: 1
Austria: 1
Argentina: 1
Senegal: 1
IN: Miguelito, Matheus and Breno Silva and Pablo Contreras.
OUT: Lenny, Castanheira, Hussaine, Vítor Hugo and Anilton.

MARÍTIMO (34)
Portugal: 9
Brazil: 17
Holland: 2
France: 1
Venezuela: 1
Uruguay: 1
Argentina: 1
Angola: 1
Cape Verde: 1
IN: Anderson Lima, Adriano Silvestre, João Guilherme, Bruno Grassi and André Pinto.
OUT: Arvid, Kanu and Makukula.

BELENENSES (28)
Portugal: 12
Brazil: 12
Serbia: 1
Panama: 1
Cameroon: 1
Lithuania: 1
IN: Marco Ferreira, Júlio César, Edson, Meyong and Jankauskas.
OUT: Mendonça and Sandro Moreira.

NACIONAL (26)
Portugal: 10
Brazil: 14
Serbia: 1
Uruguay: 1
IN: Fábio Coentrão, Edson Sitta, Leandro Salino and Reinaldo Silva.
OUT: Edu Sales, Diego Benaglio, João Moreira, Ávalos, Cássio Vargas and Zé Vítor.

LEIXÕES (26)
Portugal: 20
Brazil: 5
Nigeria:1
IN: Castanheira, João Moreira Jaime and Marques.
OUT: Tales Schultz, Livramento, Marco Cadete and Ricardo Jorge.

BOAVISTA (31)
Portugal: 11
Brazil: 5
Congo: 2
Angola: 2
Nigeria: 2
Argentina: 2
Liechtenstein: 1
Franc: 1
Colombia: 1
Mali: 1
Qatar: 1
Cameroon: 1
Senegal: 1
IN: Luís Loureiro, Araújo, Charles Obi, Brayan Angulo and Hussain.
OUT: Marquinho, Grzelak, Gajic and Bangoura.

E. AMADORA (27)
Portugal: 13
Brazil: 10
Senegal: 1
Guinea-Bissau: 1
Cape Verde: 1
Angola: 1
IN: Rui Pedro, Celestino, Mendonça and Giancarlo.
OUT: Moses, Daniel, Cardoso, Yoni and Tiago Gomes (Málaga).

ACADÉMICA (25)
Portugal: 12
Brazil: 6
Austria: 1
Ivory Coast: 1
Serbia: 1
Ghana: 1
Senegal: 1
Uruguay: 1
Cape Verde: 1
IN: Pedrinho, Irineu, Edgar, Cléber and Luís Aguiar.
OUT: Litos, Sarmento, Vouhou, Hélder Barbosa and Gyano.

NAVAL (27)
Portugal: 10
Brazil: 15
Spain: 1
France: 1
ENTRADA: Marinho
OUT: Solimar, Filipe Brochieri and Banjai.

PAÇOS de FERREIRA (27)
Portugal: 15
Brazil: 10
Angola: 2.
IN: Carlos Carneiro, Fábio Paím, Paulo Sousa and William.
OUT: Márcio Carioca and Edson Di.

UNIÃO de LEIRIA (29)
Portugal: 10
Brazil: 14
Poland: 1
Holland: 1
Cameroon: 1
Senegal: 1
Spain: 1
IN: Arvid, Ferreira, Harison and Marcelinho.
OUT: Renato, André Marques (Freamunde), Marco Soares (Pandurii), Jessuí (Pandurii) and Zongo (Gil Vicente).

(Source: Maisfutebol)

30/01/08

Winger Targino has left Vitória de Guimarães for Turkish club Vestel Manisaspor on a six-month contract.

Nacional's Argentinian central defender Ávalos is set to join German club Duisberg for around 200,000 euros. Ávalos has been in Portugal for six years (two with Boavista, four with Nacional).

Paços de Ferreira have signed Brazilian forward Wiliam, 25, from Cabofriense of the Rio State league.

Fiorentina have signed central defender Manuel da Costa, 21, from PSV Eindhoven for 4.5 million euros. The contract is for 5 years.

Boavista secured two new players Tuesday: the Nigerian striker Charles Obi, 23, from Sabah, Malaysia, for a season and a half and the Brazilian central defender Araújo, 19, until June. The registration of the players could be problematical, however, since Boavista have problems with creditors.

Estrela da Amadora midfielder Tiago Gomes is set to join Spanish second division club Málaga.

Sporting's young full back André Marques has been loaned to Liga de Honra (second tier) side Freamunde until the end of the season.

Partizan Belgrade have signed former Benfica midfielder Ednilson from OFI Crete.

26/01/08

FC Porto have signed Brazilian centre-back Edson, 20, from Figueirense on loan with an option to buy 50% of his pass for 1.2 million euros.

Sporting have signed Argentinian left back Leandro Grimi, 22, on loan from AC Milan.

Benfica are interested in signing giant Portuguese international striker Makukula from Marítimo (on loan from Seville). Aziza Makukula, 26, a naturalised Portuguese, was born Congolese.

Forward João Moreira has moved to Leixões from Nacional. He was at the Madeiran club on loan from Valência.

23/01/08

After criticising the FC Porto fans for whistling him during the Taça game with Aves at the weekend, winger Ricardo Quaresma extended his contract with the club for two years until 2011. At the same time, the club bought back the 9% of his pass that they had sold to the First Portugal Football Players' Fund, along with 16.7% of the passes of Ivanildo, Vieirinha and Paulo Machado in the same circumstances. The total cost was 1.7 million euros.

Vitória de Guimarães have signed Brazilian striker Roberto, 29, from Liga de Honra side Varzim on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

19/01/08

Sporting have signed Brazilian forward Rodrigo Bonifácio da Rocha ('Tiuí'), 22, from Fluminense on a three-year contract. The club has loaned young forward Fábo Paim to Paços de Ferreira until the end of the season.

FC Porto have bought the remaining 50% of Argentinian striker Lisandro Lopez's pass from Global Soccer for 4.4 million euros. Lisandro, the Liga's top scorer with 13 goals, is under contract with Porto until 2011.

FC Porto's Brazilian forward Edgar and Uruguayan midfielder Luís Aguiar have been loaned to Académica. Meanwhile, Ivorian striker Djilli Vouho has been loaned by Académica to Liga de Honra (second tier) side Portimonenese for the remainder of the season.

Sporting Braga have bought centre back Pablo Contreras, 30, from Celta de Vigo. The Chilean, whose contract is for half a season, has also represented Sporting. He is Braga's third signing this window after the defender Miguelito and the forward Breno Silva. Leaving the club are veteran Castanheira (Leixões), Hussaine (Boavista), Lenny (Palmeiras) and Vítor Hugo (Maria da Fonte). The club has also bought the 33% of the rights to Roland Linz, 26, that Boavista still held after the transfer of the Austrian striker in the close season. Linz's pass is valued at six million euros. Braga have also recalled Brazilian forward Matheus who was on loan to Vitória de Setúbal.

13/01/08

Benfica have paid 2.5 million euros for Romanian left back Laszlo Sepsi from Gloria Bistrita on a three-and-a-half-year contract. Meanwhile, they have sold Brazilian midfielder Diego Souza, 22, to São Paulo club Palmeiras for four million euros.

Valencia have loaned Manuel Fernandes, 21, to Everton until the end of the season. The former Benfica midfielder was at Everton during the second half of last season, making 11 appearances and scoring two goals. Fernandes was recently in trouble with the Spanish law after a night-club fracas, also involving Portuguese right back Miguel.

Colombian U-21 left back Bryan Angulo, 18, and Yasser Hussain of Qatar, 23, have been loaned to Boavista until the summer. The former has been loaned by the Spanish intermediaries Inverfutebol, while the latter comes from Sporting Braga.

11/01/08

FC Porto striker Hélder Postiga is to be loaned to Greek club Panathinaikos, under former Sporting coach José Peseiro, until the end of the season. Postiga has barely figured in Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira's plans this season.

Brazilian central defender Irineu has signed for Académica from Cruzeiro. He played six games for Sporting Braga last season.

Midfielder Maniche is set to join Inter Milan on loan from Atlético Madrid until the end of the season. Maniche, 30, had a bust-up with coach Javier Aguirre a week ago.

08/01/08

Cameroonian striker Albert Meyong Ze, 27, has returned to Belenenses, on loan from Spanish side Levante until the end of the season.

04/01/08

FC Porto are interested in Partizan Belgrade's Serbian right back António Rukavina, 23, who would cost three milllion euros and is seen as a possible replacement for Portuguese international Bosingwa , coveted by top European clubs. Candidates for signing him would have to find 30 million euros, but may have to wait until the end of the season.

Benfica have loaned left-back Miguelito to Nacional, along with midfielder Fábio Coentrão, 19, to Nacional until the end of the season. Forward Marco Ferreira has returned to Benfica after an unsuccessful trial period with English side Leicester. .

Boavista have signed Portuguese international midfielder Luís Loureiro. 31, whose last club was Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus. The Axedrazados have also secured, via intermediaries Inverfutbol, the services of Colombian international left back Bryan Angulo, 18.

Marítimo have loaned Dutch midfielder Arvid Smit to bottom club União de Leiria until the end of the season.,

Naval have signed Marinho, 24, from Liga de Honra (second tier) side Fátima.

Speaking from Dubai, where Inter Milan are playing in a friendly tournament, Luís Figo said he would leave the announcement of any decision on whether to finish his career in the USA until the end of the season.

 

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