Veloso Set To Leave Sporting On The Cheap & Player Bio

Portugal international midfielder Miguel Veloso could well be set for a January transfer window exit, and for a very cheap fee, according to the player’s agent.

Fiorentina and Arsenal are ready to make a move for the player. The player’s representitive Paulo Barbosa confirmed.

“The last meeting of ours was dated two months ago, we talked about various topics and also Veloso. “With the economic crisis at Sporting, you can expect the price of £6 million to be reviewed.”

The defensive midfielder can also play at centre-half and has been linked in the past with the likes of Everton, Arsenal, Spurs, Manchester United, Newcastle, Juventus and AC Milan.

With the player’s versatility it is no wonder there are a number of English clubs looking to sign the long-haired 22-year-old.

Player Biography

Veloso is a full international (7 caps) and impressed in the European U21 Championships held in Holland last summer. He was also part of his Portugal’s Euro 2008 squad but only featured in the 2-0 group defeat to the co-hosts Switzerland.

He has been placed back in the U21 squad and recently played in the 2-0 defeat to his English counterparts as well as drew 2-2 with the Republic of Ireland U21 side. Veloso has himself stated that he unsure of his future following a Portuguese Cup final win over Porto last season though whether his next destination is Emirates, Old Trafford or White Hart Lane is up for debate. His strength, versatility and talented left-foot have led to a queue of potential suitors attempting to attract him to the English top division as well as clubs from Serie A.

His price tag has been quoted as anywhere from £6-12 million but that may not put off the Premier League clubs for long whilst the young Portuguese star is reportedly keen to make the transition. He would give balance to both Tottenham and Arsenal’s midfield that lacks can be argued to lack both strength and defensive responsibility though Veloso is also a very talented footballer. His signing would give either Redknapp’s or Wenger’s’ side the licence to use their attacking strengths with the safety net of Veloso operating behind them.

What do you think? As we’re well aware, Arsene Wenger doesn’t spend ‘big’ in the transfer window, but after a patch of inconsistent form, a defensive midfield acquistion may just be on the cards this January.


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