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The early season performances of Benfica’s Ivan Cavaleiro have begun to draw the attention of many people.

The Portuguese winger scored a hat-trick against Academico Viseu this past weekend in the second division where the club’s B squad plays. He is currently the league’s leading scorer with seven goals in ten matches.

The 19-year old, who is currently on international duty with Portugal’s U-21 squad has reportedly been scouted by Manchester United. This sort of attention is overwhelming for any player, let alone a youngster who is still waiting to play his first competitive match with the senior squad.

But Cavaleiro insists that he is focused on developing his game and eventually hopes to play first-team football with Benfica before moving on.

“My job is to earn an opportunity for the first team and this depends on the coach,” Cavaleiro told Portuguese radio station Antena 1. “There are very good forwards at Benfica and it is not easy to get into the first team.”

“For me it’s a huge honour to represent Benfica because it’s the club of my heart. I want to continue here and succeed in the first team.”

The young winger scored 12 goals in 38 matches for Benfica B last season, playing against professionals in Portugal’s second division. Standing at a modest 1,75m, Cavaleiro is most comfortable on the right side but has also seen action on the left and as a centre-forward.

He has also regularly played against players a few years older than him at the international level and done very well. Benfica’s senior side is currently loaded with more experienced wingers, making it difficult for Cavaleiro to take the next step in his career.

Cavaleiro’s former manager at Benfica B Norton de Matos believes that he already has the quality to play with the senior squad.

“Benfica have a strategy to support the growth of players like Ivan Cavaleiro. He has what it takes to get to the main squad. It would be an excellent reward for the great start to the season he is having,” Matos told Antena 1.

“If integrated with the players that Benfica currently have, and properly supported, Ivan has the quality to be a great success.”



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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Benfica are reportedly close to finalizing a deal that will see talented Portuguese forward Pizzi move to the Portuguese capital, according to several media sources in Portugal.

Football website O Jogo is now reporting that Pizzi’s current club Atlético Madrid will retain 50% of his rights if he does in fact leave for Benfica. Unconfirmed reports have the 23-year old signing a 5 year deal with Os Águias.

Pizzi began playing football with his hometown club Bragança before moving to Sporting Braga in 2007. After a successful loan spell with Atlético Madrid in 2011-12, the La Liga side signed him to a permanent deal.

Pizzi played this past season with Deportivo La Coruña scoring eight goals and notching another 7 assists in 35 matches for the La Liga club. One of his highlights from last season was scoring on a brilliant free kick against FC Barcelona in October.

He has also received one cap with Portugal, playing in a November 2012 friendly against Gabon where he scored on a penalty.

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

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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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Amido Baldé could be a member of Scottish Champions Celtic as early as this week, according to Portuguese football website Maisfutebol. Representatives from the club are currently in Portugal meeting with the player’s agent Cátio Baldé, and club president Júlio Mendes to negotiate his transfer.

Reports surfaced last week in the English media that the club was advancing their attempts to sign Baldé, who has drawn the attention of many clubs after an excellent season in Portugal. It is believed Celtic is offering £2.5million for him.

It is believed that Baldé would be a replacement for Gary Hooper who is expected to leave this summer. Baldé told Scottish newspaper The Daily Record that he could make fans quickly forget about Hooper.

“I think I could go on and be the best striker in Scotland – and one of the best in Europe. Celtic will obviously be playing in Europe again next season and that’s a big thing for me,” Baldé told The Daily Record.

“I know they have been watching me for some time – with teams in England and Spain as well – but the important thing to me is that I sign for a team who are playing Champions League football because that is the level I believe I should be playing at.”

Celtic have been interested in Baldé for some time. It is believed that he underwent a trial with the club before he signed with Vitória Guimarães last summer. His performance this year only rekindled their interest in him. Baldé scored 9 goals in 27 league matches with the club, and helped them beat Benfica in the Portuguese Cup final a week ago.

According to Maisfutebol, Vitória Guimarães owns only 35 percent of Baldé’s rights. His manager Cátio Baldé owns 55 percent, while his former club Sporting Lisbon own the remaining 10 percent.

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English daily The Mirror is reporting that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen on signing the promising 20-year-old. Liverpool have reportedly offered Sporting £4million (€4.7 million) for Ilori who has assumed the starting centre-back position for Jesualdo Ferreira’s club since February.

Ilori was born to a Portuguese mother and a Nigerian father in London, England, but has played for Portugal at the junior level. He was recently named to the Portugal squad for the U-20 Toulon Tournament, which will begin at the end of this month.

Valencia are also said to be interested in Ilori who is known for his great pace. Standing at 1.90m, he is also very good in the air. Ilori is under contract with Sporting until 2015 and has a transfer clause set at €30 Million.

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João Moutinho, Midfielder
Possible Destinations: Tottenham, PSG, Chelsea, AS Monaco
Transfer 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Sporting Lisbon’s promising winger Bruma is being courted by several of Europe’s top clubs, this according to several sources. On Wednesday, English newspaper Daily Mirror reported that Manchester United is the latest club to enter the race for the dynamic youngster.

Portuguese football website A Bola have claimed that several United scouts have been tracking Bruma for some time. Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and others are also believed to be interested.

The 18-year-old currently has a contract with the Portuguese club that expires at the end of the 2014 campaign. Bruma has made it clear that he is happy at Sporting and would like to sign an extension. The club’s administration have confirmed that signing Bruma is a priority as well.

It is believed that Manchester United and other clubs are hoping to sign Bruma for as little as £4million which would be about half the price of Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to Old Trafford in 2003. Sporting Lisbon’s financial problems are well-documented and some believe that the club might be tempted to cash-in on the young player now.

Bruma began the campaign with Sporting’s reserve side in the second division of Portuguese football. He was promoted to the senior club under manager Jesualdo Ferreira in February and has since dazzled fans with his skill. Bruma scored his first professional goal in only his second match on February 16th against Gil Vicente.

Bruma is a graduate of Sporting’s prestigious academy, which is located across the river from the Portuguese capital in Alcochete. Born in the former Portuguese colony of Guinea-Bissau, he has played for Portugal at the junior level.

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Portuguese football website O Jogo is reporting that Benfica have entered into negotiations to sign central defender Steven Vitória. The 26-year-old’s contract with his current club Estoril expires at the end of the season and he is widely expected to move to a bigger club.

Born to Azorean parents in Toronto, Canada, Vitoria was signed by Porto in 2005. After graduating to the senior side in 2006, Vitoria was loaned to Tourizense, Olhanense and finally Covilhã. In 2010, he signed with Estoril and was the key reason for the club’s promotion to the top tier of Portuguese football this year.

Vitoria has been a revelation for the suburban Lisbon club. Standing at 1.95m tall, he is also known for his goal scoring ability. He has scored a total of 10 goals this season for Estoril, including 8 in the Liga Portuguesa. This puts him in the top 20 in league scoring overall. Though 8 of his goals have been penalties. Vitoria did score an impressive goal off a free-kick in a Taca da Liga match against Porto in December.

It is believed that Vitoria would be a long-term option for Benfica who expect first-choice central defender Ezequiel Garay to leave this summer. While club captain Luisão is now 32 and Jardel is not seen as a good enough option going forward.

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Portuguese winger Nani could be heading to the French capital this summer. According to the French newspaper Le Parisien, an unnamed source close to Nani’s Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes has confirmed that negotiations are underway between Manchester United and Ligue 1 club Paris St-Germain.

A separate story in the English newspaper Daily Mail is suggesting that PSG is ready to offer as little as £10 million for the Portuguese winger who has underperformed in his time with the Red Devils.

Nani is valued at well over £20 million, but contract talks with Manchester United have reportedly broken down. His contract runs out at the end of next season. PSG’s plutocratic Qatari owners reportedly believe that United could be tempted to let the player go for a reduced price.

Transfer speculation has surrounded the Portuguese international all season. Nani has battled hamstring injuries for a large part of this season. It has also been reports that Nani has fallen out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Since transfer to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in 2007, Nani has shown flashes of his great ability but has battled injuries and inconsistency.

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