Portimonense: Portimão ‘City’?

Portuguese sports daily O Jogo and Britain’s Daily Mirror report that Portimonense majority shareholder Theodoro Fonseca is in the Middle East negotiating with the Abu Dhabi-based City Football Group about a possible €150 million buy-in into the Algarve club by the holding company.

The Manchester City owners who recently added French second division side Troyes to their world-wide portfolio already featuring New York City FC, Mumbai City, Melbourne City, Yokohama, Sichuan Jiuniu, Montevideo, Lommel SK in Belgium and Spain’s Girona, had a €40 million offer rejected earlier this year and also made unsuccessful approaches to Boavista and Estoril.

Meanwhile the likelihood of Willyan leaving Portimonense has increased with Zenith St. Petersburg, Turin and several Turkish clubs showing interest in the versatile defender. Fortunately an adequate replacement in the shape of towering 6’5” Brazilian Lucas Tagliapietra, who has dual Italian nationality, has already arrived from Boavista. The experienced 29-year-old centre back has had spells with Hamilton Academic as well as clubs in Moldavia and Hong Kong.

There is no news yet of Bruno Tabata whose future is thought to lie elsewhere.

Portimonense will have their next warm-up game tomorrow (Friday) against Belenenses but the final pre-season friendly with Europa League winners Seville scheduled for the 14th of this month has been called off.