The news broke late last week just before the Taça da Liga final that Nicolas Gaitan was close to joining Atletico Madrid. Rumours of his departure are nothing new. The Argentinian attacker had been linked with several clubs in the past but a move never materialized. But after Gaitan was subbed in the late stages 

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Renato Sanches has enjoyed a meteoric rise since making his senior debut for Benfica only in late November. A series of impressive and consistent performances in the Primeira Liga and the Champions League caught the eye of many European clubs. Manchester United appeared to be the most likely destination for the 18-year-old. But early on 

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It is clear that Arsenal need to make some vital additions to the squad for them to compete for the title next year. Manager Arsene Wenger has come under plenty of scrutiny in recent weeks as his side’s best chance of securing the league win faded rather feebly. They will be in the market for 

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A lot of trust was put on the shoulders of Brazilian Anderson Talisca to revamp Benfica’s midfield when he signed for the club, but his contribution to the Portuguese giants has dwindled this season. However, 18-year-old Renato Sanches has stepped in, taken his chance and made the vacant position his own. The midfielder joined Benfica’s 

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January brings with it the mid-season transfer window, a time that is likely to fill Southampton fans with dread. It was in the summer of 2014 the Saints lost Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana to Liverpool, Luke Shaw to Manchester United and Callum Chambers to Arsenal for a total in the region of 

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Ruben Neves has made plenty of headlines in 2015. The 18-year-old has been with Porto since he was eight years of age and has made his way up the ranks. For him, the tough part was beating competition to claim his spot in the starting XI, and Fernando’s sale to Manchester City gave him the 

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The transfer news does now amuse, big money is paid on time, Although many object – is what we expect, it really isn’t a crime. The agents are there – and they do car, what will the offer be? A fee so big – you have a jig – now you are so free. Sky 

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This window has been very eventful with telling transfers sealed all over Europe. Which have been the cream of the crop? Here are our top ten.    Petr Cech (Chelsea to Arsenal)  Petr Cech took eleven years to amass fifteen trophies at Chelsea: four English Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Europa League and 

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Analysis of the Big Three after summer transfers and pre-season friendlies As ever, the summer transfer market has seen many of the Primeira Liga’s top players leaving Portugal in exchange for more high-profile leagues or a huge hike in their salaries, or for the exceptional few, both. As for the incomers, a mixed bag of 

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According to reports, Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan is in negotiations for a possible move to the Premier League side this summer. The 27-year-old Argentine, who knows Angel di María very well from the national side has been linked with Manchester United on numerous occasions since 2012. Gaitan’s representative Jose Irribaren has stated: “Everything is possible, 

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How mightily relieved Atletico Madrid must be that they tied Diego Simeone down to his new contract back in March. The coach that delivered their first title in 21 years in 2014 has seen that squad, which also lost the Champions League so narrowly to neighbours Real in Lisbon, gradually dismantled but while players can 

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Portugal is not only a popular destination for holiday-makers during the summer months. Professional football clubs across Europe often turn to the Primeira Liga to boost their squads ahead of the new campaign. Whether it’s a proven performer or a bargain-basement buy, there are plenty of high-quality options available for every club (and every budget) 

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Over the course of the Portuguese football season you are guaranteed an abundance of sublime quality, along with the odd forgettable match and a considerable dose of controversy. Here we dwell on the first of the three aspects from a 2014/15 season that provided no shortage of memorable moments. Portuguese football expert Tom Kundert picks 

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