Anderson linked with Porto return

Daily Mirror is reporting that FC Porto are prepared to offer Manchester United midfielder Anderson an escape route from Old Trafford.

It was from the Dragons that the Brazilian arrived in Manchester some six and a half years ago, but he never quite managed to live up to the billing in England.

The Red Devils are now hoping to offload the midfielder in January, with his former club Porto reportedly showing interest.

The Dragons could stay without several high-profile players in the winter, and they seem to be considering moves for former players Ricardo Quaresma and Anderson.

Anderson has made a total of 3 Premier League appearances this season, while featuring in one Champions League match, but it is perfectly clear he has no long-term future at the club.

And even with his contract not due to expire until June 2015, chances are the Brazilian will be available on a cut-price deal in January.

Fri 6 December, 2013
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Lazio step up chase for Quagliarella; Quaresma linked with Porto return

hot-transfer-newsLazio step up chase for Quagliarella

Lazio seem to have made Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella their number one target, that’s according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

It is no secret that star striker Miroslav Klose will be leaving Stadio Olimpico at the end of the current campaign, but the club officials plan to sign him a replacement at the earliest opportunity.

And even though the Biancocelesti have also been linked with Filip Djordjevic, Giampaolo Pazzini and Hernan Barcos, they seem to have made Fabio Quagliarella their primary target.

The Italy international had already agreed a switch to Lazio on transfer deadline day, but the deal eventually fell through as Juventus were unable to complete the signing of Alberto Gilardino in time.

Lazio are now set to return for the Italy international, although it remains to be seen if their Serie A rivals will be prepared to do business in January.

The Biancocelesti face Sampdoria on the road at the weekend, and they are 11/8 to end a three-match winless run.

Quaresma linked with Porto return

Portuguese newspaper A Bola has learned that FC Porto are considering a move for free agent Ricardo Quaresma.

The Dragons are expected to add few more players to their ranks in January, and they seem to be weighing up a bid for former player Ricardo Quaresma.

Having missed out on Brazilian Bernard in the summer, Porto boss Paulo Fonseca seems to have set his sights on the former Portugal international.

The 30-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Al Ahli back in May, and no doubt he would jump at the opportunity to return to Estadio do Dragao.

Quaresma decided to leave Besiktas in December 2012, and went on to sign for Al Ahli in January 2013.

He has since made 10 league appearances for the new club and scored a total of 2 goals in the process.

The highly rated winger has also represented Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona, Inter and Chelsea in the past.

Juventus eyeing Ignazio Abate

AC Milan full-back Ignazio Abate seems to be on Juventus radar, La Gazzetta dello Sport has revealed.

With both Stephan Lichtsteiner and Martin Caceres linked with a move away from Turin, the Bianconeri are already looking at potential replacements.

And La Gazzetta dello Sport understands that Juventus are considering a move for AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate.

The Bianconeri have already sounded out the player’s representatives over a possible switch to Turin, thinking that the defender had less than a year left on his deal at San Siro.

Nevertheless, even after finding out that his contract was indeed valid until June 2015, the Serie A champions remain keen on the Italy international.

Ignazio Abate has spent his entire professional career as a Milan player, although he did enjoy loan spells with Napoli, Piacenza, Modena, Empoli and Torino.

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Wed 20 November, 2013
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City and PSG battle for Digne; Fiorentina want Mario Gomez

hot-transfer-newsCity and PSG battle for Digne

According to reports from France, Manchester City are set to challenge Paris Saint-Germain for Lille full-back Lucas Digne.

Having failed to qualify for the Champions League, les Dogues need to raise some cash in order to balance the books and the only way they can do this is by selling their star players.

According to Le 10 Sport, Paris Saint-Germain have already opened talks with Lille officials over the purchase of Lucas Digne.

While les Dogues are holding out for €18 million, the Saints are reportedly ready to offer up to €15 million for the highly rated defender.

Meanwhile, L’Equipe reports that Manchester City are seriously considering making a move for Digne in the summer.

The Citizens look set to stay without Aleksandar Kolarov and they want the Lille defender to challenge Gael Clichy for a starting berth at Etihad.

Fiorentina want Mario Gomez

Serie A high-flyers Fiorentina are lining up a summer bid for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, according to Tuttosport.

Viola officials are preparing for life without Stevan Jovetic and are actively searching for his successor.

The Artemio Franchi outfit have been linked with a number of high-profile players over the past few weeks, but Tuttosport understands they are also looking at Mario Gomez.

The Germany international might have to leave Alianz Arena if Bayern indeed sign Robert Lewandowski, and there is every chance he will be leaving the Bundesliga.

He would probably be interested in a move to Serie A, where Juventus are also keen, but the fact Fiorentina will not be playing Champions League football could prove to be a problem.

Mario Gomez, 27, joined Bayern from Stuttgart in the summer of 2009 and has since scored 75 goals in 115 Bundesliga appearances.

Galatasaray linked to Quaresma

Turkish newspaper Fanatik is reporting that Galatasaray are being linked with a move for Al Ahli winger Ricardo Quaresma.

It is no secret the Turkish giants are looking to sign a left-sided midfielder and allow Wesley Sneijder to play in his natural position behind the strikers.

Fatih Terim had initially made former player Arda Turan the number one target, but he has since switched his attention to Ricardo Quaresma.

The experienced coach believes the Portugal international would be a great asset to the squad at Turk Telekom Arena despite the fact his unprofessional behaviour has often caused him problems while at Besiktas.

Quaresma only joined Al Ahli in January after ending his contract with Besiktas, but he would probably jump at the opportunity to return to Europe.

The 29-year-old had spent two seasons with the Black Eagles, scoring 8 goals in 46 Super Lig appearances.

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Fri 31 May, 2013
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Aimar to join Quaresma at Al Ahli

Portuguese newspaper Record claims that Benfica playmaker Pablo Aimar is edging closer to joining Al Ahli.

The veteran midfielder, who has less than six months left on his deal at Estadio da Luz, was tipped to remain with the Eagles at least until the summer, but it appears that he will be leaving in January after all.

According to Record, Aimar has received a lucrative proposal from Al Ahli and is on the verge of reaching an agreement with the Dubai-based club.

Al Ahli recently produced a major coup by signing Ricardo Quaresma on a free transfer from Besiktas, with Pablo Aimar likely to follow.

With the club only allowed three foreign players, two of Luis Jimenez, Grafite and Achille Emana will be leaving in case the Argentine arrives in Dubai.

Pablo Aimar, 33, has spent last five seasons at Benfica, scoring 12 goals in 99 Primeira Liga appearances for the club.

Sun 13 January, 2013
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Jimmy Briand on Besiktas radar

Lyon forward Jimmy Briand could be joining Turkish giants Besiktas in the January transfer window, according to L’Equipe.

The Black Eagles currently sit three points behind leaders Galatasaray in the Super Lig and plan to boost their title hopes with a big name signing in January.

L’Equipe understands that Besiktas are weighing up bid for Lyon forward Jimmy Briand.

Briand, 27, has missed last two months of action through a hamstring injury and he is likely to face an uphill task in an attempt to win back his place in the side.

Therefore, the France international might be willing to consider an offer from Turkey, with Besiktas expected to make a big money offer now that their highest earner Ricardo Quaresma has left the club.

While Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas hope to keep hold of his prized asset, he may be prepared to sell him if the price is right.

Thu 10 January, 2013
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Galatasaray want Quaresma

Turkish newspaper Fanatik claims that Galatasaray are preparing an assault on Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma.

Quaresma, 29, recently had his contract at Besiktas rescinded and is now free to speak to interested clubs.

Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim is a big admirer of the Portugal international and is keen to add him to his ranks in the January transfer window.

Quaresma will be offered a contract worth €2.5 million per season, which is €1 million less than what he was earning at Besiktas.

The only problem is that Galatasaray will have to pay €5 million in compensation to Besiktas if the Portuguese winger accepts their offer.

Namely, Besiktas inserted a clause in the contract termination agreement under which they are due €5 million if Quaresma signs for one of three Turkish top sides in the January transfer window.

Nevertheless, Galatasaray seem more than happy to pay €5 million for a player of his stature.

Thu 27 December, 2012
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Quaresma talks up January exit; City launch assault on PSG star

Quaresma talks up January exit

Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma has revealed his desire to leave Besiktas in the January transfer window.

Quaresma, 29, has fallen out with club chiefs at the end of last season and wasn’t even registered for Turkish Super Lig this season.

The Portugal international, who has just over six months left on his deal, is hoping to have his contract rescinded and is adamant that he will be leaving the club in January.

“I want to leave in January. Right now, I don’t want to say anything more about it,” Quaresma said to O Jogo.

The experienced winger is heavily tipped for a return to Porto, but has so far refused to confirm speculations linking him with his former club.

During his first spell with the Dragons, Quaresma has scored 24 goals in 102 Primeira Liga appearances.

However, there is every chance that the player will have to agree to a pay cut if he is to join Porto given that he is currently earning €3.75 million per campaign.

City launch assault on PSG star

French Canal + has suggested that Manchester City are pondering a January bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.

City boss Roberto Mancini is not entirely happy with his options in the heart of defence and is looking to add another centre-back to the squad.

According to Canal +, the Italian manager has set his sights on PSG’s Mamadou Sakho.

The talented defender has played quite a few games this season, but he is not entirely happy with his status at Parc des Princes, given that Carlo Ancelotti prefers a centre-back pairing of Thiago Silva and Alex.

Sakho, a first choice centre-back for France national team, could, therefore, decide to listen to offers from abroad.

Carlo Ancelotti remains adamant the player is not for sale, but if the 22-year-old hands in a transfer request, the Italian may not have a say in the matter.

Mamadou Sakho has spent his entire career at Parc des Princes, making 135 Ligue 1 appearances for the Saints and scoring 5 goals.

Ajax confirm Sulejmani leaving in January

Eredivisie giants Ajax have confirmed they are ready to cash in on unsettled forward Miralem Sulejmani.

The Serbian winger earlier hinted that he would be leaving the club in January and Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars confirms that the player will be sold in the winter.

“A January exit would be best for all the parties,” the former Netherlands international told De Telegraaf.

Sulejmani, who has just over six months left on his deal at Amsterdam Arena, will have no shortage of offers in the winter, and Overmars says Besiktas and Borussia M’gladbach are some of the interested clubs.

“We are indeed aware of interest from Besiktas and Gladbach.”

The Ajax official is adamant Sulejmani will not be allowed to leave on a free transfer next summer.

“If the clubs believe they can sign him on free, they are mistaken. A transfer fee will be paid.”

Having paid no less than €16 million for the winger in the summer of 2008, it is no wonder Ajax are desperate to get back at least a portion of the money invested in him.

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Wed 12 December, 2012
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10 Worst Italian Serie A Transfers Ever

Unlike England and Spain where top clubs do not hesitate to spend loads of cash on star players, the Italians are a bit more cautious, although they are also prepared to delve deep into their pockets usually when pressurized into making a big name signing by their own fans. These big money moves often bear fruit and help Serie A sides improve their positions but, as this list will show, they sometimes have just the opposite effect and can prove to be a real waste of money.

10.) Simone Loria (Roma)

The product of Juventus youth system spent five seasons playing for Serie C1 and Serie C2 clubs before helping Cagliari gain promotion from Serie B. Loria achieved the same feat with Atalanta before moving on to Siena and after just one season at Artemio Franchi, he made a shock move to Roma for €2.8 million. The defender couldn’t have hoped for the worse start at Olimpico as his defensive mistakes managed to cost his team almost a goal per game and it was no wonder he was quickly relegated to the bench and allowed to leave club, but the showings in 9 Serie A games earned him the tag of one of the worst defenders ever to have played in Italy’s top flight.

9.) Andriy Shevchenko (Milan)

Having already been dubbed one of the worst flops in Premier League history after moving from Milan to Chelsea, his return to San Siro was hardly a profitable move, even when taking into account there was no transfer fee involved. Once a hero of Milan faithful, Shevchenko failed to find a net in 18 league appearances for the Rossoneri before returning to the club where it had all started for him, Dynamo Kyiv. The Ukrainian thus became one of just few players with two major transfer flops during the course of his career.

8.) Fabio Grosso (Juventus)

Fabio Grosso’s performances at the World Cup 2006 have been nothing short of magical as he was an integral part of Italy World Cup winning team, having scored some extremely important goals in the late stages of the tournament. After the tournament in Germany, the left-back played for Inter and Lyon prior to his move to Juventus that has earned him a place on our list. Grosso was paid just €3 million by the Bianconeri but while the left-back was expected to become a key player for the side, he proved to be a major flop, just like the whole Juventus team that season and he was never able to reproduce the form that earned him a wide recognition in the football world.

7.) Mauro Zarate (Lazio)

While on loan at Lazio from Al Sadd, Mauro Zarate began to prove his enormous potential at Olimipico even though he was often criticized for his extreme selfishness and lack of team work. Claudio Lotito took quite a gamble when opting to buy out his contract for €20 million but the club president probably thought the Argentine would be the leading players for years to come for the Biancoclelesti. That hardly proved to be the case with Zarate scoring just 3 goals in 22 starts the following season, with Lazio barely escaping relegation from Serie A.

6.) Felipe Melo (Juventus)

Felipe Melo’s career had been on the uptrend ever since he started playing professional football at Flamengo and when Juventus paid Fiorentina €25 million for the Brazilian, everyone expected him to become a new leader of the team, together with fellow midfielder Diego. Nonetheless, it seems that the pressure of expectations was just too much for him to bear and his performances were utterly disappointing in most of the games he played for the Bianconeri. Melo was later included in the Brazil World Cup squad and while he hoped the good showing in South Africa would get his career back on track, he instead scored an own goal and got sent off in the quarter-finals against Holland, which proved to be Brazil’s last match in the competition.

5.) Diego (Juventus)

Diego arrived to Juventus at the same time as Felipe Melo and for almost the same amount of money, with his impressive performances at Werder as well as €24.5 million fee making him the most important player on the team sheet before he even put on the black and white jersey. The Brazilian was simply outstanding in the opening games of the season, making the fans believe he will be the one to return the old glory days to the club, but everything quickly changed as Diego couldn’t live up to the hype surrounding him. The club decided to offload him to Wolfsburg at the end of the season for €15.5 million, having assessed he was not worth the money they had invested in him.

4.) Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Milan)

I have to say this is one of my favorite players, so the mere fact he is on this list proves he fully deserves to be there. Klaas Jan Huntelaar have been scoring goals for fun in Holland prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu in 2009 and even though he was never given a real chance at Real, the Dutchman went to score 8 league goals in just 13 starts for los Merengues, but that wasn’t enough to earn him another chance in Spain. Milan thought €15 million was not too much money for such a great player, so they decided to buy him just six months into his career at Real, but the transfer hasn’t proved to be as fruitful as they would have liked. In all fairness, Huntelaar was not given a chance to prove his worth at San Siro and after a full season at Milan, he moved to Schalke with the Rossoneri losing just a couple of million euros in the process.

3.) Ricardo Quaresma (Inter)

Being a similar player to his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, it was no wonder that Quaresma’s goals and tricks were a regular feature in football highlights and he was indeed on top of his game when Inter agreed to pay Porto €18.6 million for the tricky winger. Still, Jose Mourinho was not too impressed with his compatriot as Quaresma neglected the defensive duties and tactical tasks, something that the now Real boss values more than anything, and nobody was too surprised to see the midfielder spending more time on the bench and in the stands than on the pitch.

2.) Gianluigi Lentini (Milan)

Gianluigi Lentini became world’s most expensive player when he was transferred from Torino to Milan for £13 million in 1992, but that remained the only thing he was famous for since the Italian did absolutely nothing to show that he is worth all that money. Lentini did win the Serie A title in his first year at San Siro but then played just 33 more games in the next three years for Rossoneri before his career started taking the wrong turn. Lentini went on to play until he was forty, playing his trade in Italian amateur sides, as he probably wanted to show everyone that the journey from top flight football to the lower leagues is not that long and difficult after all.

1.) Gaizka Mendieta (Lazio)

While I had some doubts when this list was formulated, Gaizka Mendieta was always going to be the number one. He was definitely not one of those players who became flops only because they moved on earlier than they should have, as the Basque midfielder left Valencia at 27 years of age after eight extremely successful seasons at Mestalla.

Seeing that he was probably the most sought after player on the market at the time, Lazio decided to fork out no less than €45 million for Mendieta, but that proved to be a total waste of money as the Spaniard only lasted one season before being sent on loan to Barcelona and Middlesbrough respectively. Nobody knew what happened to the player who had led Valencia to successive Champions League finals and the player who had been voted European Midfielder of the Season for 1999/2000 and 2000/2001.

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Thu 2 September, 2010
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Quaresma not interested in Portugal return

Inter Milan winger Ricardo Quaresma insists he is not interested in a return to Portugal in the summer.

Quaresma joined the Nerrazzuri from Porto last summer but after failing to make an impact in the Serie A he was loaned out to Chelsea.

“Right now I do not plan on returning because I did everything I had to do in Portugal,” Quaresma told O Jogo. “My goal is to continue here, abroad.”

“Of course I am not happy, because I have always been used to playing but since the season is almost over I have to endure this situation,” added Quaresma.

“I want to plan my future as quickly as possible and go to a club where I can play and be happy.

“I have spoken with my agent and he knows what I want. He also knows what is best for me. So I am not worried because I still have a contract with Inter.

“I cannot say I am going here or there because there are things to address.”

[Source: O Jogo]

Mon 18 May, 2009
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Carvalho hails Quaresma

Chelsea ace Ricardo Carvalho reckons his new team-mate Ricardo Quaresma will make instant impact in the Premier League.

Quaresma has joined Chelsea on loan from Inter Milan until the end of the season.

“Quaresma is a very fast and explosive player who is a real warrior on the pitch, so he will be able to handle the physical nature of the Premier League,” he said.

“But at the same time he is a very technical player and can score goals, which will be good for us.

“He will be a huge help to us at this time of the season.

“He is a very attacking player and that is what we need at Chelsea at the moment.”

[Source: The Sun]

Thu 5 February, 2009
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