Porto's failure to reach the second phase of the Champions League has hit the club harder than imagined. The sponsors, TV deals and bonuses are now a distant dream and Porto will almost certainly have to sell off their star players to balance the books.
Here are four players that are likely leave the club before the start of next season and could end up at Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United.
A young Brazilian fullback, playing on the right. The 22-year-old was signed by Porto from Santos for approximately £11m.
Danilo likes to get forward from the back as much as possible, and in this season’s Champions League he registered 2 assists and made 16 successful dribbles. As an attacking option, he really is following in the footsteps of a certain Dani Alves.
The Brazilian has a £41.8m release clause in his contract, but an offer for around half of that may be enough to get him now. The perfect competition for Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta perhaps ?
Brazilian born, central midfielder Fernando is certainly on his way out, most probably in January. The 26-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season, and with no more Champions League football on offer, Porto have to get what they can for him now.
Fernando is primarily a defensive midfielder, who wins the ball and distributes it with ease. Interest in the player is high, with Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester United all thought to be keen. Manchester United manager David Moyes certainly needs a player of this ilk, and he can have him at a bargain price if he moves quickly.
This previously unsellable player has just entered the market. 37 goals in 43 games tells you all you need to know - he’s a striker that has everything. He’s the very man Chelsea need, and available at a mere £35m.
Is Martinez suited to the Premier League, though ? Answer - 'Yes'. He’s one of those players that would thrive in England’s top division - he’s quick, strong and powerful, plays off the defenders, comes short, and most important, the Columbian scores goals. He would be a valuable member of any Arsenal or Chelsea squad.
The 22-year-old Brazilian is another big money player ready to step up. Having joined Porto from Brazilian side Santos in 2011 for a reported £8m, the 5ft 10inch leftback has gone on to become an established star at Porto, as well as receiving 6 caps for his national team.
With Manchester United looking for a longterm solution for the aging Patrice Evra, perhaps Alex Sandro is their man. Sandro won’t be cheap, but given Porto’s current predicament, it won’t take a ridiculous offer to prize him away.
Will England’s big spenders take advantage of Porto’s current situation ?
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