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Friday, 30 July 2010 13:58

Veloso heading to Genoa; Almeida keen on Italy move

Sporting agree to sell midfielder

The long-running saga of Miguel Veloso's move from Sporting to Genoa appears to be close to a conclusion, after the Portuguese international arrived in Italy following an official agreement between the clubs.

Sporting announced early on Friday that they have sanctioned the sale of Veloso in a deal which will see Spanish midfielder Alberto Zapater arrived in Lisbon in a part exchange deal. Both players must complete medical examinations before putting pen to paper at their new clubs, with Veloso already landing in Italy ahead of finalising his switch to Serie A. The 24-year-old told Sky Italia that it was "a dream to be in Italy" when caught at an airport in Milan this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Veloso could be joined in Italian football by Hugo Almeida, who has been the subject of reported interest from Lazio. Currently with Werder Bremen, the former Porto striker told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport that he would be interested in a move to the capital, while also admitting that he was flattered to be linked with Real Madrid last week.

"I know of Lazio's interest. It's a big club with great players. It would be good," Almeida said. "I would like to play in Italy, particularly Rome. I'll talk with my agent soon, but for now I cannot say any more.

"Real Madrid? Everyone wants to play there. Although this was a possibility that was raised in the newspapers, I can say it makes me proud. Mourinho was the most important coach in my career. He put me in the first team at Porto when I was just 17. I owe him a lot because he allowed me to make that jump. The success he has achieved speaks for itself - he is a born winner."

By Sean Gillen

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Comments (9)
sporting masterplan
9 Sunday, 01 August 2010 13:32
Am i missing something? what is the plan at sporting? hope the people in charge know, as they keep selling everyone.
8 Saturday, 31 July 2010 15:31
Congrats genoa you just signed a 24 year old with the mobility of a 44 year old! Still is mesmerizing to me why the hype is so big with miguel veloso. He has a strong shot so maybe he should try out for the New York Giants, they have a bad kicker and veloso could make more money kicking field goals anyways. I hope he proves me wrong because it would be nice to have stronger players on the national team. Almeida should probably stay or go depending on playing time. If the money is equivalent and the playing time is not then he should go where he will play.
7 Saturday, 31 July 2010 11:49
Veloso will never see a title ever again?

If he had stayed at Sporting that would probably have been the case.

At Genoa he can develop playing more competitive football and hopefully move on within 3-4 years to one of Europe's big clubs.

I agree that Almeida should stay in Germany, I don't think Lazio would be a good move for him.
6 Saturday, 31 July 2010 00:49
the grass is not greener on the other side,maybe money wise .he will never see a title ever again.i hope genoa goes second division.genoa's big brother is inter milan and i have a feeling inter helped the transfer and he will end up in inter next year.remember i said that in the future.i have a feeling.go sporting!win a title without these greedy whores!
5 Friday, 30 July 2010 19:21
Werder Bremen is better than Lazio it wouldn't make sense for him to leave.
You have to laugh
4 Friday, 30 July 2010 18:56
This one is hillarious for me.

Veloso has wanted out for the last three years, and Sporting didn't let him go. Keep in mind that the offers were better than what they got from Genoa.
Come this season, after Moutinho gets sent off, Veloso comes out and says he bleads Sporting green and wants to stay.
Then he does come out and says that a Genoa move wouldn't make sense.
Welcome to Genoa, Veloso. Enjoy.

As for Almeida, Lazio would be a step down from Werder Bremen. If playing time at Werder Bremen is a problem, I could see the move, otherwise no.
Werder Bremen is in teh Champions League. enough said.
I like Almeida a lot, although he's disappointed plenty. Maybe he's a late bloomer and at 26 he's still young. He has pace, strengh and mobility. He could thrive in the right situation.
3 Friday, 30 July 2010 17:23
good move........... given the fact that he lacks physical strength as a top class defensive midfielder lets hope that he develops just that in SERIE A
2 Friday, 30 July 2010 16:32
I might be wrong, but didn't Veloso pretty much rule out Genoa as a possibility a couple of weeks ago, saying something along the lines of Sporting being a better team than Genoa so it wouldn't make sense? Anyway, I'm glad for Veloso and hope he does well in Italy. His type of game seems well-suited for Serie-A since he isn't the quickest player.
1 Friday, 30 July 2010 14:33
Is there anyone left on this team after the off season they've had?

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