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Tuesday, 14 January 2014 22:23

Sporting: Elias to China? Nani to return?

Meanwhile Sporting beat Marítimo in the Taça da Liga

Recent reports in Portugal suggest that Elias may well be on his way to China. A according to A Bola, the wantaway Brazilian midfielder could well be going to Shandong Luneng Taishan, currently managed by Brazilian coach Cuca, for €8,000,000. Sporting have been reluctant to sell Elias for anything less than what they paid for him as the club's record transfer signing from Atlético Madrid back in 2011.

There had been rumours that Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro and Corinthians had all been close to signing him over the past few weeks but it seems that talks have broken down with the Brazilian clubs not coughing up enough cash for club president Bruno de Carvalho's liking. Since then Elias has been training with Sporting's B team and Elias' father and agent, Eliseu Trindade is eager to get the midfielder out of the Alvalade as quickly as possible.

Nani rumoured to return to Sporting

Although Bruno de Carvalho is looking to continue to cut down the wage budget at Sporting he was certainly open to the idea of a return of Nani to the club. The Manchester United winger looks like he will be on his way out of Old Trafford sooner rather than later and recently the Daily Mail had reports that he may rejoin his former club on loan until the end of the season. 

Nani's wages however would be a big problem for the club who have been desperately trying to reduce the wage bill recently. Should the club manage to clear some more deadweight like Elias and Jeffrén Suárez then it may just be possible.

Sporting 3-0 Marítimo

Sporting were in action tonight in the Taça da Liga as they beat Marítimo 3-0 to go top of their group before Porto's game against Penafiel tomorrow.

Leonardo Jardim elected to give a first start to 19-year old Carlos Mané and he duly impressed. After 18 minutes the winger curled a beautiful shot into the top corner that left goalkeeper Wellington helpless.

The away side bounced back well after that and were unlucky that Marcelo Boeck, in go ahead of the rested Rui Patrício, was on top form.

Soon after the break however Sporting doubled their lead when a Diego Capel cross found Vítor Silva free at the back post to hit home on the half-volley.

Again Marítimo had more chances but Marcelo Boeck and some last ditch defending from Marcos Rojo and Eric Dier prevented Sporting from conceding.

The Argentine defender made it 3-0 in the 84th minute to enhance Sporting's crucial goal difference in their Taça da Liga group.

Marítimo manager Pedro Martins was crtiical of referee Nuno Almeida, with a couple of dubious decisions falling in the home side's favour. In particular Marcos Rojo was somewhat fortunate to escape with just a yellow card for a last ditch tackle on Derley in the first half and a possible hand ball by Islam Slimani whilst the Algerian was a part of the wall of a Marítimo freekick in the second. The islanders' manager will however be very pleased with the way his team played.

Sporting however laid down the gauntlet for Porto to try and replicate against Penafiel tomorrow. A return to goalscoring and the continued excellent defensive record will make manager Leonardo Jardim very happy.

by Richard Cole
Comments (8)
@ Val/Canada
8 Friday, 17 January 2014 18:12
Bubba Zanetti SCP
Too funny, although, I wouldn't ever call Lisbon "Tropical", mild yes, especially by Canadian winter standards, but it can get pretty cold and unpleasant in Lisbon during the winter, it's still Europe, not Brazil!
7 Thursday, 16 January 2014 21:03
I believe that one of the reasons Eliasvhas bounced around so much, is due to Sporting loaning him out. His wages are high, so they ship him for peanuts.
I also believe that Elias is owed back pay from Sporting. I'm not sure if that's been resolved. Elias might have turned down a transfer due to owed money.
If 8 mil were true, I would hear Carvalho cheering in NYC.

As for Nani, I do find it funny how his demise as now become Man United's fault. Nani hasn't played well in a long time. Yes sitting didn't help, but at times he was awful. I would love for Nani to get back to firm at a decent club, but I don't see it.
Nani's Geary may be with Sporting, but he's not going to leave money on the table at this stage of his career.
Frankly, I think it could actually backfire for Sporting, should they bring him in.

Quartermaster scored. Lol.
Was it a trivela? Lol
I can't wait for all the pundits to start screaming for his inclusion in the Selacao.
out of subject quaresma and nani
6 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 18:57
Although I'm not a fan of one special club in portugaI but I felt so emotional when I saw quaresma on the scoresheet of porto's game now against penafiel! I recommend that Nani comes back to sporting! He'll play and will get well...just get him out of the hell of manchester United!
Pic of Elias
5 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 18:47
Ok i had to comment on the pic. I love how the "powers that be" who run this site often post funny pics which are often overlooked (the one of a maniacal looking Sepp Blatter comes to mind).

In this particular pic we have what looks like an angry Robinho look a like with a "playboy" t-shirt (very professional) and what is he wearing in tropical Lisbon? A fur lined winter jacket!

I am not sure if I like Elias more now....either way nice pic selection again guys.
Nani Must Leave ManU
4 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 18:13
Tony, CA
Nani is a frustrating inconsistent player with some moments of brilliance. Agree, does not matter where he goes, he needs to play to get some form back. Given the limited options we need him at top form for the WC.

For whatever reason, the last few years at ManU have not worked, time for employer and employee to depart ways. He still has a few good years left in him if he can get in the right place and also take more ownership of his career.
3 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 16:20
8 million for a B team player who hasn't stuck anywhere he has gone? Sure that isnt 800,000?

As far as Nani coming back, it would take ManU picking up much more than half his salary and even then SCP would find it hard to come up with the rest. And for what, to destabilize the team by moving the focus from young up and comers to an often injured veteran who will expect the team to revolve around him?
2 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:48
Good price for Elias can't see him playing for Sporting again, can't see Nani really playing for Sporting unless his wages are cut in half or Manchester United pay for him to come play in Sporting given his tedious form.

Gotta give praise to Marcelo he did some excellent saves, good to know if something happens to Rui we got a good enough backup, who even is Sporting 3rd goalkeeper don't think I have seen him ever play.

Result Flattered Sporting. Can't see Porto not beating Maritimo & Penafiel so those 3 goals got against Maritimo could be what gets us through against goal difference.
1 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:43
What is the deal with Elias? He has been on 8 teams in 8 years and possibly moving again?

His stats are good, the fans seem to enjoy his style when he does play so is he just uncoachable? Is this a classic case of a guy reaching too far and never settling?

Good for Sporting on waiting for the right price, but i question Elias decisions to move to often.....

As far as Nani is concerned, i dont care where he ends up, as long as he goes somewhere to actually PLAY and not warm the bench behind inferior players. How long has he had this "groin/muscle" injury for?? Come on.

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