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A collection of Portuguese players that could be on the move this window

A collection of Portuguese players that could be on the move this window

There are some Portuguese stars that could be set to move to a new club this January, be it due to struggles at their current sides, or increasing interest from overseas.

Here we monitor 5 Portuguese players that look increasingly likely to sign for another club.

Gelson Martins

Gelson has had a very difficult time at Atletico Madrid since arriving in the summer. 

Signing on a 'free' transfer from Sporting after rescinding his contract with the club, due to the violent scenes at Alcochete, Gelson is one player many expect to depart in the not too distant future. 

His lack of game time in Spain has also led to a deterioration in his standing on the international stage, falling down the pecking order in Fernando Santos' plans, and he may be wondering if leaving Sporting was the best thing to do. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Indeed, Gelson has played just 223 minutes of La Liga football this season spread across 8 games; that's an average of just 28 minutes of action in each of his outings.

In that time, the 23-year old winger has not found the back of the net a single time in the league, and has only managed a single goal across all competitions, back in October against lowly Santo Andreu in the Copa del Rey.

Where Gelson would move to remains a little more unpredictable, although it's understood that Atletico are not short of offers.

Carlos Mane

Another winger that is potentially on the move. Carlos Mane, having seen the likes of Gelson unilaterally terminate his contract with Sporting, probably expected to get much more playing time for the Portuguese outfit this season.

But, Mane has instead only played in two Primeira Liga matches this campaign, amassing just 16 minutes of league football in that time, and has even only featured in 7 matches across all competitions.

As such, Mane, who has been loaned out to Stuttgart for the last two seasons, is expected to be on the move, likely only on loan but a permanent deal is also plausible.

One club believed to be interested are Greek outfit AEK Athens.

Miguel Veloso

It's been an interesting year for the 56-time Portugal international. 

After his contract with Genoa expired at the end of last season, Veloso remained without a club for the next 4 months, with his name linked with a case array of clubs in the process.

Ultimately though, he eventually signed another contract with his former club Genoa, marking a third stint at the club.

Since making that return in October, Veloso has played fairly regularly, featuring in 8 league games for the Italian outfit, but it hasn't ended speculation that he could be on his way to North America and the MLS this January.

Rafael Camacho

The 18-year old winger only made his senior debut for Liverpool last week in that FA Cup defeat against Wolves, but the young Portuguese footballer was, until today, looking set to be loaned out.

He's had an extraordinary season with Liverpool's youth side, having played 15 games across both the Premier League 2 and the UEFA Youth League, scoring 7 and assisting 8 in that time.

And as such the youngster became linked with his former club Sporting CP, whose interest in the former Manchester City player became common knowledge. 

Sporting, ideally, would have liked to loan Camacho in for the next season and a half, until June 2020, and were working to get that deal across the line.

Jurgen Klopp, however, has stated that he has no intention of letting Camacho go.

Tiago Ilori

Reading may now have a Portuguese manager of their own, but that hasn't stopped reports flying about that their Portuguese centreback could be set to leave. 

The ex-Liverpool defender is, as is becoming a theme of this article, linked with Sporting, who are looking to bring their former centreback back to the club. 

He has played regularly for the Championship strugglers this season, featuring in 17 league matches so far this campaign, and a move back to Lisbon is a possibility.

Adrien Silva

Another player, another connection with Sporting CP. 

Adrien, who joined Leicester City from Sporting last January, has been nonexistent for the English team this campaign, having not even been in their Premier League matchday squad since the 22nd September.

The last league game he actually played in was back in August, an 8 minute stint as a substitute against Wolves.

All in all, therefore, it has been a dreadful season for the midfield engine, with only 88 minutes of Premier League football to his belt this campaign, added to 3 appearances in the country's secondary cup competition, the EFL Cup. 

If he remains at the club beyond January 31st, it would come as a huge surprise. 

Other names..   

Other names that could be set to move on include Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira; currently out on loan at Setubal for this season, his game time has been more sporadic than expected, and the Premier League side may well choose to recall the goalkeeper this month in order to loan him out to a club where he'll be guaranteed more game - namely, Reading FC.

Diogo Gonçalves could also be about to embark on a new adventure, the Benfica attacker, currently out on loan at Nottingham Forest, hardly playing for the English Championship club, who may agree to terminate the season-long agreement.

Even Andre Silva has been linked with a move away - from Sevilla - this window; both Chelsea and Juventus reportedly keen to sign him, but a move this January seems highly unlikely, with Silva already happy on loan at the Spanish club. 

Portugal international Kevin Rodrigues is also linked with a move, the Real Sociedad left back a big target for Sporting.

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