In the papers this week:


Benfica will not be selling any of their first-team players in the January transfer window [Record]

Miguel Veloso, who is currently without a club, has been pointed out as a potential signing to strengthen Spanish second division side Malaga [O Jogo]

Turkish outfit Fenerbahce are interested in bringing former Swansea City and Besiktas manager Carlos Carvalhal to the club after the club made an appalling start to the season, suffering three defeats in four league games [Diario de Noticias]

Carlos Carvalhal, who was dismissed by Swansea at the end of last season after failing to lead the Welsh club away from relegation, was also approached by Sporting CP this summer as a replacement for Jorge Jesus, but turned down the offer due to personal reasons [Sky Sports]

Both Manchester clubs are interested in signing Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves, with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho fighting it out to gain the signature of the former Porto captain [The Sun]

Goncalo Guedes, who this summer moved to Valencia for 40 million euros, will cost the Spanish outfit absolutely nothing until August 2019 - at which point they then have as long as six year to pay off the overall fee for the player [A Bola]

Despite starting with two out-and-out strikers in Simone Zaza and Ciro Immobile, Italy were unable to create a huge amount in front of goal, with Mancini demanding that the strikers do more in the attacking third [Goal]

Yadah FC’s 19-year old winger Leeroy Mavunga has joined Primeira Liga’s CD Feirense after a two week trial with the club, although it is unsure whether he will play in the youth side or be part of the seniro squad [soccer24]

Portugal U21s’ 2-0 victory over Wales, Portugal move up to 3rd place and onto 16 points in the Euro 2019 qualifying group, but qualification is not in their hands, with Portugal depending on a Romania slip-up in order to make the main stage of the European Championship [UEFA]

Joao Moutinho, who only joined Wolves this summer, has a contract with the English club until June 2020, while Helder Costa, Ivan Cavaleiro and Roderick Miranda, who is on loan at Olympiakos, are contracted to the club until 2021. Rui Patricio, meanwhile, has a four year contract with the side, while young stars Ruben Neves and Ruben Vinagre are tied to the club until 2023 [Birmingham Live]

Ryan Gauld, once dubbed the ‘Scottish Messi’, dreamed of following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo when he joined Sporting CP in 2014, but after a loan move to second tier Farense and with Sporting manager Jose Peseiro not seeing him as part of the squad, it looks like Sporting are simply going to run down the 22-year old’s contract which ends in 2020 [Daily Mail]


Miguel Veloso, who is a free agent after being released by Serie A side Genoa only last month, is a transfer target of Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham United, who are yet to get a point on the board this league season, while Fulham are also thought to be a potential destination [Sapo Desporto].

Despite reports that Jose Mourinho had blocked Manchester United from making an approach for 5-time Balon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese manager reiterated that Ronaldo was not a target for the Premier League club, with a return to Manchester "never on the table" [Sky Sports News]. 

While Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to get his first goal for Juventus since his £100million move to Turin this summer, his son, Cristiano Junior, has had no such goalscoring issues, able to find the back of the net four times on his debut for the Juventus Under-9s [Goal].

Porto may not be top of the Primeira Liga table, but there's a great deal of optimism for the reigning champions, who have scored 13 goals in just four matches, the most goals they've scored in the first four games of the league campaign for 67 years, since the 1951-52 season where they got 16 goals in as many opening fixtures [A Bola].

Italy, who are to face Portugal on 10th September in the UEFA Nations League, have announced their squad for the upcoming fixture, with Mancini naming a youthful side in comparison to the more experienced squads enlisted by the nation in previous years [Sportskeeda].

Indeed, Italy have named no fewer than five potential debutants in their squad, with Cragno, Biraghi, Lazzari, Zaniolo and 17-year old striker Pellegri all included in the 31-man squad [O Jogo].

20-year old Jovane Cabral will sign a new contract with Sporting, which will see both his release clause and earnings increase and will run until 2023 [O Jogo].

Despite interest from both Real Betis and Besiktas, Joao Mario failed to make a move in the transfer window, with Inter Milan's desire to get at least 26.7 million euros for his services to avoid making a loss the cause of the lack of movement [calciomercato].

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