European football has famous clubs that are famous for finding and upgrading young players and then selling them to receive huge transfer fees. Porto is one of the teams that does this job well.
In recent years, the Portuguese giants have been blessed with some truly exceptional players. Mirror Football considers Porto will have a strong and classy staff if they are determined to retain their talents to stand alongside the current quality players.
Diogo Costa is still at Porto, but the talented goalkeeper has attracted the interest of big clubs like Manchester United. The Red Devils are expected to replace David de Gea, so the move of the Old Trafford team will cause Porto a headache.
Before Costa, Danilo was Porto’s favorite player until he was sold to Real Madrid in a deal worth £27m in 2015. Los Blancos also reached an agreement with Porto to strengthen their defence. 4 years later. The Champions League champions bought Eder Militao from the Portuguese club in a deal worth £43.5 million.
If Porto retain their services, the Iberian side could build a back four alongside Zaidu Sanusi and Pepe, who are still at the club. Pepe’s case is special as he joined Real Madrid for £30m in 2007 before returning to his former home in 2019.
When it comes to midfielders, Porto has lost a lot of talent like Ruben Neves. Neves moved to Wolves in 2017 and helped Porto receive a fee of £ 16 million. More recently, the Dragao Stadium team just sold Fabio Vieira to Arsenal, who spent £34 million to buy people.
Vitinha nearly followed Vieira and Neves to the Premier League after being linked with both Arsenal and Manchester United in the summer, but it was Paris Saint-Germain who won his services for £35m.
On the attack, Luis Diaz is a typical face for Porto’s policy of selling players to receive high profits. Liverpool signed Diaz in January last year. The Colombian winger arrived at Anfield following a £37.5m transfer, although that figure could eventually exceed £50m if the surcharge is met.
Otavio, who could be the next player to receive the big money, will form a formidable trio with Diaz and current No. 9 Mehdi Taremi. For now, Porto will be hoping Otavio and his team-mates can take them to the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season.
Porto is still a formidable team but if they keep their talents, the Portuguese giant will still make opponents notice.
Porto’s dream squad (4-3-3): Costa, Danilo, Militao, Pepe, Sanusi; Neves, Vitinha, Vieira; Diaz, Otavio, Taremi.
Lu Feng | 17:56 March 14, 2023