Prediction: England vs Portugal

Verdict: Home win

Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: William Hill

It is the end of the road for Roy Hodgson’s men, who are set to host Portugal in their final friendly match ahead of their first group game at the Euro 2016. The Three Lions will be keen to impress against rivals another European Championship participant, who come to England without their key player Cristiano Ronaldo.

England

As the beginning of the Euro 2016 is getting closer, participating nations are finishing their preparations for the showpiece event in France. Following their 2-1 triumph over Australia last week, England are getting ready for their ultimate test before the real thing. Portugal will be a fitting challenge before England’s first group game against Germany and Roy Hodgson’s men are eager to impress at Wembley before they pack their bags and hit the road to the neighbourhood. England boss Roy Hodgson trimmed his squad list whittling his selection to the final 23 men. Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has done enough to convince the coaching staff to take him to Euros having scored on his senior debut against Australia. Another surprise is the exclusion of Danny Drinkwater, who was overlooked despite a fantastic season with Leicester. Instead, there was a place for Jack Wilshere who played 45 minutes against the Socceroos and made the cut despite his well-documented problems with injuries. Andros Townsend was another player to be omitted. England are heading into their friendly match with Portugal in fine form and in good spirits as the nation keeps its expectations high hoping that this might be the year England will step up to the plate at the continental championship.

Team News

Tottenham players Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker all missed the 2-1 win over Australia and are now expected to be back in the team as well as Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Fabian Delph has suffered an injury last week that ruled him out of the squad and out of the European Championship finals.

Portugal

Fernando Santos’ men will have one more test after the England game as they are still to play Estonia before the Euros, but the high-profile match against the Three Lions is a great opportunity to grab a morale-boosting win which would also improve the confidence ahead the trip to France. Portugal are coming off from the 3-0 win over Norway on Sunday. Head coach Fernando Santos had only 21 players at his disposal as Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe missed the game due to their Champions League final participation with Real Madrid. Los Blancos’ duo will not be back until next week as they have been given an extended break after their Champions League success. They will however join their team in time for Estonia game and the start of their Euro 2016 journey which begins on 14 June against Iceland. Fernando Santos has already expressed his frustration upon being repeatedly asked about Real Madrid forward claiming that Portugal team does not depend upon one man. Portugal are seated in Group F of the Euro 2016 final together with Austria, Hungary and aforementioned Iceland.

Team News

Joao Mario and Andre Gomes are leading the options to start in wide midfield against England, together with Quaresma who is eager to continue in his spot following an impressive performance against Norway.

Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo, as it was said earlier, have been given extended time off following their Champions League duties with Real Madrid.

Key Factors to Consider

  • England are playing their last prep math before the Euro 2016
  • The Three Lions have lost only 2 of their last 20 matches
  • Portugal won 6 of their last 7 away matches
  • Marcus Rashford has scored a goal in his senior debut
  • Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the second consecutive match for Portugal

Conclusion

England could have hardly hoped for a better conclusion to their Euro 2016 preparations as they will be up against an attractive and highly motivated rival. Portugal will try to end England’s positive run and give them a sad farewell to France. It will not be an easy task despite Portugal manager insists his team is more than just Cristiano Ronaldo as England finally have a competitive, attack-oriented and versatile team capable of defeating anyone. Momentum is on their side and they can end up winning the final friendly match before they pack their bags.

Verdict: Home win

Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: William Hill

Wed 1 Jun, 2016
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Sporting Lisbon in talks for Ricardo Quaresma

Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon have set out to try and lure former player Ricardo Quaresma back to Estadio da Luz, according to A Bola.

It was there that the highly rated winger began his professional career that later saw him also play for Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea and FC Porto, among other clubs.

Quaresma returned to Besiktas last summer following an 18-month spell with FC Porto, but it looks as though he may be on the move yet again.

Namely, Sporting Lisbon are keen to re-sign their prodigal son and are currently in talks with Besiktas chiefs.

A Bola has learned that the Lions are even ready to include striker Teo Gutierrez in the deal as the Super Eagles are reportedly interested in his services.

Ricardo Quaresma has been in fine form ever since he returned from the Middle East and he has scored 3 goals in 11 league outings for Besiktas.

Tue 8 Dec, 2015
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Besiktas confirm talks for Quaresma

Besiktas JK have moved to confirm they are negotiating a deal with FC Porto for Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma.

The Black Eagles have so far recruited Dusko Tosic and Andres Beck, and they plan to make the Portugal international their third signing of the summer.

And with the Turkish giants confirming via their official website that talks were ongoing, chances are the transfer will be wrapped up in the coming days.

“With regard to the transfer of Ricardo Quaresma, the club (Besiktas) have already started negotiations with FC Porto,” a statement read.

Ricardo Quaresma returned to Porto in January 2014, joining on a free transfer from Al Ahli and he in turn produced some very good performances, scoring 10 goals and creating 7 more in 43 competitive outings last season.

The 31-year-old, however, appears set to leave the Dragons for the second time in his career, having previously moved to Inter Milan in 2008.

Quaresma has been capped 40 times by Portugal and he scored 4 goals, featuring in three Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Tue 21 Jul, 2015
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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 Dec, 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 Nov, 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 Jan, 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 Jan, 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 Dec, 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 Dec, 2012
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