FC Porto went all out on Tuesday to bring in Felipe Anderson from West Ham, Marko Grujic from Liverpool, and Malang Sarr from Chelsea all on a season-long loan deal.
The Portuguese reigning champions are looking at rejuvenating the squad that won the 2019-2020 Portuguese league title by infusing new blood into it. Porto decided to do that in style by bringing in one center-midfielder, one winger, and one defender.
In case you are wondering how it was possible for Porto to sign players when the Premier League window has closed since Monday, October 5 in line with FIFA advice, the answer is that the Portuguese league did not follow Fifa’s advice that leagues should close their transfer window on October 5. The Portuguese league decided to fix October 25 as the deadline date for the league transfer window.
This means that a league like the Premier League will not be able to sign players again this summer especially outside the league but other leagues that their transfer window is still open can get players from the Premier League.
Talking about Porto’s transfer business on Tuesday, the club decided to strengthen almost every department of the squad because the Portuguese league has not been so smooth for them despite winning two games and losing one out of three.
The club is currently occupying the third spot on the league table conceding a total number of 4 goals and scoring a total number of 10. With the addition of Malang Sarr in the defense, Marko Grujic in the midfield, and Felipe Anderson in the wings, the club is expected to become stronger this season.
Porto new loanees in brief
Felipe Anderson is a 27-year-old Brazilian left-winger who joined West Ham United on July 15, 2018, from Lazio for a transfer fee worth €38 million. Before he joined Porto on loan this season, he has scored a total number of 12 goals and has provided 12 assists in 72 games for West Ham between 2018 and 2020.
Marko Grujic is a 24-year-old Serbian center-midfielder who joined Liverpool football club on January 6, 2016, from Red Star Belgrade for a transfer fee worth €7 million. Since then, he has gone on loan to a couple of clubs and has not been able to establish himself at Anfield. Before he joined Porto on loan this season, he has only managed to score a goal and provided an assist for Liverpool between 2016 and 2020.
Malang Sarr is a 21-year-old French center-back who joined Chelsea football club this season for free after he refused to renew his contract with OGC Nice. Since he joined Chelsea less than two months ago for a five-year contract, he has not gotten the opportunity to play any competitive match for the club. But before he left Nice this summer, he has played 119 games in all competitions; he scored three goals and provided three assists.