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Braga acquire Villarreal striker
Braga made a surprising move when the landed 25 year old Spanish striker Mario Gonzalez for a mere €1.5M for 75% of players rights & signing him for four seasons. Gonzalez spent last season on loan at Tondela were he scored 14 league goals.
Arsenal land Nuno Tavares from Benfica
Arsenal's first move of the summer transfer window saw the club land Benfica left back Nuno Tavares for €8M + addons. Tavares was linked with various clubs in Italy before agreeing to terms with the Premiership club on a four year contract that should see him start his Arsenal career as the clubs back up.
FC Porto unveil acquisition Pepe
FC Porto presented winger Pepe after agreeing to terms with the Gremio player during the winter transfer window. Porto paid €15M to Gremio for 87.5% of the players rights and signed Pepe to a five year contract. Although the move was made in January the agreement involved Pepe remaining with the Brazilian club until the summer transfer window opened. FC Porto now enter a unique situation as the club already employs a Pepe in the form of their current club captain and Portuguese International. Porto is hoping that their new Pepe will be just as important to the club as their older Pepe has been over the five seasons that he has spent on the field at the Dragao.
Rui Patricio and Jose Sa find new clubs
Rui Patricio has made the move from Wolverhampton to Roma joining manager Jose Mourinho for €11M + addons and signing a contract for five seasons. Wolverhampton then moved on Olympiacos' Portuguese keeper Jose Sa, acquiring him for €8M and signing him also for five seasons.
Benfica add fuel to Lisbon Derby acquiring Joao Mario from Inter
Benfica have caused a ruckus in the Portuguese capital by landing midfielder Joao Mario from Inter Milan after the 28 year old was a key member of Sporting's league winning squad last season. Joao Mario spent the season with his former club on loan from Inter Milan but the two clubs were unable to come to financial terms on a deal to make the move permanent. In stepped Benfica who came to an agreement with Inter on an offer of €7.5M but the Milan club was unsure if a clause inserted into their original 2016 purchase from Sporting would be held up in court, which stated that the Italian club would owe Sporting €30M if the player was sold to a league rival. Inter then worked out an agreement with Joao Mario to rescind the players contract making him a free agent and thus able to sign with Benfica on a free transfer which the player did for five seasons.
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Andre Silva makes big move to RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig has made one of the bigger summer moves to date landing Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva for €23M and signing the Portuguese International for five seasons. Silva finished second in the Bundesliga scoring race scoring 28 goals in 32 games and only Robert Lewandowski (41), Lionel Messi (30) and Cristiano Ronaldo (29), scored more goals in Europe's top five leagues last season. RB Leipzig will be a club to look out for this upcoming season as Silva looks be the missing piece of a strong club who are now a threat to capture the Bundesliga and Champions League.
Wolverhampton bring Trincao in on loan
Wolverhampton made an agreement with Barcelona to bring in Francisco Trincao for the upcoming season on loan. Trincao joins childhood friend Pedro Neto at Wolves and the deal comes with an option to make the move permanent at seasons end for a mere €25M.
Sporting bring back Ricardo Esgaio from Braga
Sporting paid €5.5M for the 50% rights that the club did not own, in bringing back Esgaio from Braga after the right back spent the past four seasons after his departure. Esgaio will battle Porro for starting role.