Los Angeles FC has been wheeling and dealing over the last several days, and Bob Bradley‘s side looks to be close to making another significant splash.
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An MLS league source has confirmed to Pro Soccer Talk that Sporting CP’s Francisco Geraldes is close to becoming LAFC’s third and final Designated Player signing ahead of the club’s inaugural 2018 season.
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PST has learned that LAFC is in the final stages of acquiring Geraldes, who is currently on loan from Sporting with fellow Portuguese side Rio Ave.
LAFC announced the signing of Diego Rossi on Thursday, with the 19-year-old Uruguayan becoming the second-youngest DP in league history. Meanwhile, Carlos Vela occupies the club’s other DP slot, after an agreement was struck back in August to be the team’s first signing.
Geraldes has started 11 matches this season for Rio, and scored one goal in league play.
The 22-year-old came up through Sporting’s academy system, and made his professional debut with Sporting B in 2013, before signing a contract with senior side Sporting CP two years later.
The young Portuguese midfielder has worked his way up the international ladder over recent years, making appearances with the Under-18, U-20 and U-21 national teams.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) Dutch striker Bas Dost converted a 90th-minute penalty and Sporting Lisbon defeated Feirense 3-2 on Friday for its fifth straight victory to start the Portuguese league.
Sporting took a 2-0 lead with goals by Sebastian Coates in the 62nd and Bruno Fernandes in the 64th, but the hosts equalized with Joao Silva in the 69th and Etebo in the 80th.
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The late victory left Sporting two points in front of defending champion Benfica, which edged Portimonense 2-1 after the referee used video review to annul an 88th-minute equalizer for the visitors.
Sporting is three points in front of FC Porto, which hosts Chaves on Saturday.
Porto is the only other team to have won all of its matches.
West Ham has called baloney on Sporting CP’s claims that bids for William Carvalho were manufactured in the press.
The Portuguese powers took shots at West Ham for what it feels was play-acting in terms of interest in the combative Portuguese center midfielder.
Carvalho, 25, has been a transfer rumor mill fixture for some time, and perhaps this story shows us why he hasn’t made the move to West Ham, or Newcastle, or Everton, or Arsenal…
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Anyway, Sky Sports has published photos of emails that Sullivan sent to Sporting, making a $30 million bid on Aug. 11. The bid is shy of Carvalho’s $52 million release clause, but further emails promised bonuses and other add-ons.
Now West Ham is saying it will pursue legal action against Sporting, whose communications director Nuno Saraiva took some adult and below the belt jabs at the Irons’ hierarchy.
Late last week, Sky reported that Sporting called West Ham on transfer deadline day to try and revive the deal, but the Irons said it was too late.
Leicester City made one last-minute signing just before the transfer window closed last month.
Unfortunately for the club, that was the only deadline it made.
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According to a report from the BBC, Leicester City completed the $28.7 million signing of Adrien Silva from Sporting Clube de Portugal on transfer deadline day but missed the deadline to register him as a Leicester City player with FIFA by 14 seconds. Leicester City has reportedly appealed FIFA’s decision that leaves Silva in limbo until January.
Adrien Silva, a French-born Portuguese international who has represented his father’s homeland and country where he was raised at Euro 2016 and the 2017 Confederations Cup, was brought in as a replacement for Danny Drinkwater, who left for Chelsea in a reported $45.6 million move just before the transfer window shut.
The initial decision by FIFA is a blow to both Leicester City and Silva. Leicester City is now without a likely starter for at least half the season while Silva, who is hoping to keep his place in Portugal’s starting XI, will be out of form for the next three months.
Leicester City’s sale of Danny Drinkwater was made easier to stomach by the $29 million purchase of Adrien Silva from Sporting CP.
Cue the indigestion.
Silva, 28, may not be able to play for Leicester until January after FIFA rejected documentation supporting the sale. Leicester requested a two-hour extension to complete the paperwork on Deadline Day.
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According to the BBC, “If FIFA decides Silva’s registration was not completed in time he will be ineligible, but the Premier League club will be required to pay his wages.”
There’s no question that Leicester owns the players’ rights, and both the Foxes and Sporting are trying to find the correct documentation to ease FIFA’s fears.
It just takes a look at last season to see how one hole can affect a club, as Leicester’s first half was horrible without N'Golo Kante and second half quite good once Wilfried Ndidi filled the Frenchman’s shoes in the middle of the pitch.