For anyone that has been viewing the rumours over the weekend, one name being linked to the Reds via a number of sources include that of Portuguese Striker, Orlando Carlos Braga de Sá.


Okay, the facts first, Sá started his career in the youth ranks of Sporting de Braga before signing for Portuguese Champions F.C. Porto for an estimated fee of €3 million on the 1st June 2009. Also, a reported target of Chelsea since 2008.

Arriving injured from Sporting de Braga, he had to wait until January this year to make his debut at F.C. Porto.

With one senior international cap to his name, it has been claimed that Sá is a potential senior star of the future, having already been selected by the ex-Manchester United No.2 and current international coach Carlos Queiroz.

At 22 years of age and standing at 6ft 2, could this lad be about to start a prolific career in England and Barnsley FC of all places?

A spurious story indeed with "rumour" sites and Wikipedia recently adding weight; however, we all need to bare in mind that any user with internet access can create these entries and I personally remain dubious.

The €3 million paid by Porto is not the kind of money any club simply throws away on an international player, albeit with just one senior cap earned. If it's true, as a permanent deal, I would be blown away. As a season loan, it would certainly raise the profile of our club and add further credit to MR on his seemingly far reaching scouting repertoire.
You just worry about's basis of the story when it's also claimed that we have "beaten competition from Inter Milan, Newcastle United and Rochdale" - Wikipedia May 31st 2010

YouTube: Orlando Sá - El Matador - Season 08/09
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