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Portuguese sports website Maisfutebol is reporting that Ricardo Quaresma will sign a two and a half-year deal with FC Porto. The contract could be finalized as early as this week.

The Portuguese winger rescinded his contract with Dubai-based club Al Ahli and is expected to return to the club where he had the best moments of his career. Quaresma would arrive as a free agent which means the club will not pay a transfer fee.

Maisfutebol is reporting that the 30-year-old was in Porto last week and has now settled into a house north of the city. Porto manager Paulo Fonseca is currently planning to integrate Quaresma into training, according to the same reports.

Supremely talented, but with a volatile personality, Ricardo Quaresma never really fulfilled the potential many people had of him when he burst onto the scene.

He is best known for his exceptional ability, in particular the famous ‘trivela,’ which consists of striking the ball with the outside of the foot with great voracity. Goalkeepers were unable to read which direction the ball would be going until it was often too late.

A product of Sporting Lisbon’s famed academy, Ricardo Quaresma dazzled fans in his early days with the club. In 2003, he received his first call-up to the Portuguese national team. His performances earned him a transfer to FC Barcelona that same year.

At this time, most people considered him a better prospect than even Cristiano Ronaldo, who is two years younger. Ronaldo would move to Manchester United in 2003 and the rest as they say is history.

At Barcelona, Quaresma did not have a particularly great season, and fell-out with then manager Frank Rijkaard. A sign of things to come. Refusing to play for the club any longer, Quaresma moved to FC Porto.

Between 2004-08, Quaresma enjoyed the best years of his career. He won three league titles with the club and was named the best player in the league in 2006.

In 2008 he moved to Serie A club Inter Milan, who were then coached by José Mourinho. He saw very little game action over his two years at the Italian club. Quaresma’s attitude is said to have been a problem. He played no role in Inter’s 2009-10 Champions League win.

Quaresma was released ahead of the 2010-11 season. He signed with Turkish club Beşiktaş where he put together some good performances the next two seasons. He was re-called to the Portuguese national team and was even selected for Euro 2012.

But his personality would once again be a problem. At Beşiktaş he clashed with Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal and eventually the club released him. He signed with Al Ahli in January 2013.

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19-year old central defender Rúben Vezo will join La Liga giants Valencia in January, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The Portuguese defender was in Spain on Monday to finalize the terms of a four-year deal that takes effect on January 1st, 2014 when the winter transfer window officially opens.

The transfer fee is believed to be around €1,5 million according to some sources although that was not confirmed by either club. Vezo’s current club Vitória Setúbal will receive 25 percent of a future sale of the player according to a news release on the Valencia club website.

The Setúbal-born Vezo is a product of the club’s youth academy. This is his first professional season with the senior side and he has not failed to impress, starting in eight league matches for the club. His performances have earned him a call-up to Portugal’s U19 squad.

Vezo was previously linked with a move to Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon according to national radio station Antena 1 but will be honing his craft at the Mestalla instead. He is believed to be a replacement for Adil Rami who is expected to join AC Milan on loan in January.

Vezo will be the fourth Portuguese national on the Spanish team, joining Hélder Postiga, João Pereira and Ricardo Costa.

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English newspaper The Daily Mirror is reporting that Manchester United are tracking the progress of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

The English club have had a difficult start to the season and could strengthen their midfield by signing the promising 21-year old. According to unconfirmed sources, the club owners have agreed to give manager David Moyes £50 million to spend in January in order to improve results.

Carvalho’s current club, Sporting Lisbon have not commented on the report. He signed an extension with the club in the summer that expires in June of 2018. The contract includes a release clause of €45million.

Angolan-born Carvalho is a product of Sporting Lisbon’s distinguished academy which has also produced Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo. After graduating to the senior side in 2011, he completed loan spells at Fátima and Cercle Brugge in Belgium, before earning a starting position over the summer at Sporting.

Carvalho has played in defensive midfield so far this season. Cercle Brugge’s sporting director Ivan van Damme told Portuguese online publication A Bola in July that he is technically gifted and compared him to Manchester City’s Yaya Touré.

“He made great progress playing here [Cercle Brugge]. He is very strong, could play in every position in midfield, highly skilled and very capable physically. He has great quality and I know he will do well at Sporting,” van Damme said.

“He has qualities that are very similar to Yaya Touré, but has one key advantage. He is very young and will only continue to get better.”

Carvalho’s manager at the Belgian club Foeke Booy has said that he has the potential to evolve into an excellent ‘box-to-box’ midfielder.

“He is a powerful box-to-box midfielder, a player with enormous personality. I thought at Cercle, he was a player who was capable of great heights and it is only natural that he is doing the same thing at Sporting Lisbon,” Booy told Portuguese website O Jogo this Summer.

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20-Year-old midfielder Juan Quintero is the latest reinforcement for the Portuguese champions, signing a four-year deal that includes a €40million buyout clause. In an official statement, FC Porto confirmed that the club have paid €5million for 50% of the player’s rights.

The Colombian is a natural central midfielder who is one of the most coveted young players in the game today. Quintero drew the world’s attention with his star making performance at the 2013 South American Youth Championship earlier this year, scoring 5 goals and being named the best player of the tournament.

Quintero played in Serie B with Pescara this past season, on loan from Colombian side Atlético Nacional. He is known for his dribbling and ball control skills, as well as for taking excellent free-kicks.

He told Porto Canal on Saturday that coming to A Cidade Invicta has always been a goal of his. “I always wanted to play for this club. I come with a great ambition to win titles. I am very happy because this is a big step forward in my career. Now the goal is to work hard day after day,” he said.

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

Portuguese international Sílvio was not named to the Atlético de Madrid’s squad that will train at Los Ángeles de San Rafael this week, fueling speculation that a move to Benfica is imminent.

The 25-year-old full-back has been linked with a move to the Estádio da Luz in recent weeks, likely on a loan deal. Jorge Jesus’ club has been in need of a left-back since the departure of Fábio Coentrão two years ago.

Former Portuguese international midfielder Tiago Mendes was part of the squad that will train under manager Diego Simeone. Winger Pizzi was also included in the squad despite being linked with Sporting Lisbon this summer.

Silvio moved to the La Liga club in 2011 after an impressive season at Sporting Braga. Injuries have hampered his development in the Spanish capital since then. He did play well in a short loan spell with Deportivo La Coruña this past season.

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The Portuguese Champions continue to load up on promising home-grown talent by signing midfielder Josué and forward Licá to four-year deals. 22-year-old Josué Pesqueira is a former Porto youth player who for the last two season has been playing with Paços Ferreira. While 24-year-old Licá has played the last two seasons with Estoril.

The deal comes several weeks after the club announced the signing of two other Portuguese youngsters Ricardo Pereira and Tiago Rodrigues from Vitória Guimarães. FC Porto have also signed Brazilian midfielder Carlos Eduardo and Mexican defender Diego Reyes so far this transfer period.

The two players were unveiled together on the regional television channel Porto Canal and spoke about their excitement to join Os Dragões.

“I knew one day I would return (To FC Porto) but I never thought it would be so soon. I am a Portista at heart. This club is a winner and I am as well,” Josué said.

Josué was released by Porto in 2011 before signing with Paços Ferreira. He was a major reason why the club finished in third place this past campaign. “I was able to change my mentality. I was rebellious but I have changed. I will be able to win a lot because of it,” he said about his days at Porto.

Josué is nominally an attacking midfielder, but Paços manager Paulo Fonseca also played him on the left side this season. “I will be comfortable in any position the manager decides to play me. At Paços, I played as a false forward,” he said Wednesday night.

He scored 5 goals in 32 total matches this season and was the main creative force behind a surprising Paços Ferreira club.

Luís Carlos Pereira Carneiro, better known as Licá took the long road to the top of Portuguese football. He originally began playing with his local club Social Lamas in Lamelas. In 2007, he moved to top flight club Académica where he struggled for playing time. Eventually, he was loaned to Tourizense and Trofense.

In 2011, he moved to Estoril who were then playing in the second division Liga de Honra. Licá helped the club gain promotion the following season to the first division. This past season with Estoril, he scored 6 goals in 30 matches for the club.

According to Portuguese football website Maisfutebol Licá is an unconventional forward who likes to exploit the flanks and play in a more wide position. It is believed that FC Porto like this aspect of his game.

Licá talked about how Porto is the club he grew up admiring. “I was born into a family of Portistas and I am a Portista. I am enormously happy, it is a dream to wear the jersey of FC Porto,” he told media Wednesday.

“I always believed that, if I continued to work hard, I could achieve what I wanted and this is what has happened. I had an excellent season at Estoril, Porto noticed me and now I am here. I am 24 years old and FC Porto has won many titles since I was born. It is a winning club.”

“I will be very content in whatever position the manager chooses to use me. I prefer to play on the left side of attack but I am completely at their disposal.”

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FC Porto have formally announced the departure of Portuguese midfielder João Moutinho and Colombian James Rodriguez with Ligue 1 club AS Monaco in a transfer deal worth €70million. Soon after Porto’s announcement, Monaco announced that they have signed to two players to five-year deals.

According to football website Maisfutebol, FC Porto will receive a transfer fee of €25million for Moutinho and another €45million for Rodriguez, for a total of €70million. Moutinho’s former club Sporting Lisbon will reportedly receive €3,5million from this deal because they maintained some ownership of his rights after he was transferred to FC Porto in 2010.

As Monaco has been linked with Rodriguez and Moutinho for some time now, but the announcement came as a surprise to many people. Moutinho was linked with Premier League clubs Tottenham and Chelsea. While, James Rodriguez was drawing serious interest from Manchester United.

The newly promoted club is controlled by an ownership group lead by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev who has made it clear that he has ambitions to make AS Monaco one of the ‘big clubs’ of European football. The club is coached by former Chelsea, Juventus and Internazionale manager Claudio Ranieri who lead the club to promotion from Ligue 2.

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Benfica will sign 19-year-old Lazar Marković to a five-year contract, according to Portuguese website O Jogo. The transfer deal is believed to be around €10million.

Marković reportedly underwent medical exams in Lisbon as much as a month ago and will join the Portuguese club next season. Marković’s contract will have a transfer clause of €40million.

Marković has primarily played on the wing this season with FK Partizan but could also be used as a second striker. He has recorded seven goals and 11 assists in 35 matches this year in all competitions. Marković has received six caps with the Serbian national team as well.

Former Nacional and Marítimo midfielder and current manager of União Madeira Predrag Jokanović told the Portuguese radio station Antena 1 that the young Serb is an excellent prospect.

“I was very surprised. Marković had many European clubs interested in him including Inter Milan and Chelsea,” Jokanović said. “He is very skilled, strong one on one and is not afraid to take scoring chances.”

“He fits the playing style of Benfica very well.”

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FC Porto have officially announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Carlos Eduardo from Estoril. The 23-year-old will join the Portuguese Champions on a new four-year deal.

Eduardo first arrived in Portugal in 2011 on loan from his Brazilian club Desportivo Brasil. He was a big part of Estoril being promoted to the top division, and was signed to a permanent deal at the beginning of last season. This season with the suburban club, he played in 34 matches, scoring four goals.

“I am very happy and I hope I could repay the faith they have in me. FC Porto is one of the best clubs in the world, and I will not lack in any motivation here. I am going to earn my place,” He told Portuguese television station Porto Canal.

“The club has a great foundation with exceptional players. I am sure I am going to learn a lot and fit in very well.”

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Julija Nowikowa

João Moutinho, Midfielder
Possible Destinations: Tottenham, PSG, Chelsea, AS Monaco
Transfer Markt.com Value: 26 Million Euros

Moutinho has been the engine of the Porto attack since joining the club in 2010. Now that it looks like Porto will win yet another national title, it seems ever more likely that Moutinho will move on to a bigger stage. It is just a matter of where. A potential move to Tottenham fell through in the last hours of the summer transfer window last year but since then several other clubs have been linked with the midfielder and the price has only gone up.

Recent reports indicate that PSG have made a serious attempt to sign the Portuguese international. AS Monaco and Chelsea and their plutocratic owners could just drive up the price for Moutinho as well. But White Hart Lane has always looked like the most logical choice for him. He would be reunited with former manager Andre Villas-Boas and many believe that his first choice is to play in the Premier League. But if Tottenham misses out on Champions League qualification, will that change matters?

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Nani, Right Winger
Possible Destinations: Real Madrid, Arsenal, Tottenham, Zenit St. Petersberg, AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma, PSG
Transfer Markt.com Value: 27 Million Euros

Nani has been part of a long drawn out saga this year at Old Trafford. He was again noticeably missing from Sir Alex Ferguson’s farewell match against Swansea on Sunday. At 26 years old, Nani has simply not fulfilled the potential many people expected of him when he arrived in 2007. Ferguson has recently stated that he believes that Nani will stay, but many feel that a fresh start could be good for his career.

The latest reports have him going to Serie A champions Juventus at a reduced price of £13 million. PSG reportedly had a recent bid rejected. Nani’s situation seems to depend on how much Manchester United is willing to accept for their underachieving winger. There is no denying Nani’s skill and if he does in fact choose to leave, there is no shortage of possible suitors.

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Fábio Coentrão, Left Back
Possible Destinations: Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Juventus
Transfer Markt.com Value: 18 Million Euros

It was always going to be difficult to live up to his €30 million transfer to Real Madrid. Fans of Portugal and Benfica are very familiar with Coentrão terrific skill going forward at left-back. In his time at Real Madrid however, manager Jose Mourinho has decided instead to use him in a defensive role, which he has performed well. But Coentrão might not be part of Florentino Pérez plans going forward despite being one of the club’s best performers in the second half of the campaign.

Juventus has reportedly shown interest in the Portuguese international. It has also been speculated that Coentrão could be used as part of a transfer deal that will see Gareth Bale join Real Madrid. Chelsea and Arsenal are also said to be interested in Coentrão.

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Rui Patricio, Goalkeeper
Possible Destinations: Arsenal
Transfer Markt.com Value: 20 Million Euros

One of the few bright spots for Sporting Lisbon this season. At 25 years of age, Patricio is already a seasoned professional and one of the best overall goalkeepers in the world. Sporting’s financial troubles are well documented, and it might be the best time to offload their greatest asset. Media reports indicate that Sporting value Patricio as much as 20 Million Euros but it is very unlikely that any club will pay that much for a goalkeeper.

Arsenal have reportedly had their previous bid rejected. Regardless, Arsene Wenger is looking for a replacement for Wojciech Szczęsny who has fallen out of favour. With Ferguson gone, Manchester City and Chelsea underachieving, the new Fair Play rules coming into effect, Arsenal for the first time in years could just mount a serious title challenge in the years going forward. But to do that they need to spend money on top quality players, like Rui Patricio.

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Manuel Fernandes, Central Midfielder
Possible Destinations: Tottenham, Norwich, West Ham
Transfer Markt.com Value: 14 Million Euros

The former Benfica prodigy moved to Turkey in 2011 after some disappointing spells at Portsmouth, Everton, and Valencia. Since then, he has been one of the best players in the Turkish League, reigniting hopes that Fernandes could finally fulfill the potential that many people predicted from him.

His current club Beşiktaş is currently going through financial difficulties and could be ready to let Fernandes go. His likeliest destination is the Premier League where West Ham, Norwich and others appear to be in pursuit of the 27-year-old. Fernandes has only one year left on his contract and he is expected to leave for at least 10 million Euros, a price that is not out of range for many Premier League clubs thanks to the new television deal.

Cédric Soares, Right Back
Possible Destinations: Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Hannover, Dusseldorf, Borussia Monchengladbach, Norwich, Everton
Transfer Markt.com Value: 3 Million Euros

21-year-old Cédric Soares has established himself as one of the most promising young players at the right-back position. He played a major role in Portugal reaching the final of the 2011 U20 World Cup Tournament in Colombia. After playing regularly last season at Académica, he was given his chance with Sporting this year and has made the most of his playing time.

Born in Gelsenkirchen to Portuguese immigrant parents, Soares made it clear in a March 2013 interview with Goal.com that he would welcome a move to the Bundesliga. And there has been no shortage of interest from Germany, including giants Schalke who are based in Gelsenkirchen and Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund. Premier League clubs Norwich and Everton are also said to be interested.

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Amido Baldé, Forward
Possible Destinations: Newcastle, Everton, Wigan, Marseille, Seville, Espanyol, Mallorca, Hamburg, Werder Bremen, Stuttgart, Chievo
Transfer Markt.com Value: 1,5 Million Euros

22-year-old Amido Baldé has been a major part of Vitória Guimarães’ surprising campaign this season. He was most recently named as the best young player in the Portuguese League for the month of April. Released by Sporting one year ago and signed by Vitória Guimarães, Baldé is likely to move abroad this summer for several million Euros.

His size at 1.93m, of course makes him very attractive to Premier League clubs who often stress the aerial game with their young centre-forwards. Newcastle have reportedly opened negotiations with his current club. But interest in Baldé is coming from La Liga, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, mainly from middle of the table clubs. Baldé’s rise over the last year has been surely one of the great stories of the Portuguese League season.

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