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Moutinho swaps Sporting for Porto

Published: Monday 5 July 2010, 9.12CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal captain João Moutinho has moved to FC Porto in a transfer that is worth €11m plus the services of defender Nuno André Coelho to the Lisbon side.
Moutinho swaps Sporting for Porto
João Moutinho has flown the Sporting nest for a new challenge at Porto ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Monday 5 July 2010, 9.12CET

Moutinho swaps Sporting for Porto

Sporting Clube de Portugal captain João Moutinho has moved to FC Porto in a transfer that is worth €11m plus the services of defender Nuno André Coelho to the Lisbon side.

FC Porto have signed Sporting Clube de Portugal captain João Moutinho in an €11m deal that also sees centre-back Nuno André Coelho move in the opposite direction.

The agreement was announced late on Sunday, with 23-year-old Portuguese international midfielder Moutinho committing to his new club until summer 2015 and Sporting receiving 25% of any future transfer over €11m. Porto will themselves retain half of Coelho's sell-on fee after the defender, 24, joined Sporting on a four-year contract.

While Coelho made only one Portuguese Liga appearance for Porto because of season-long loan spells at FC Maia, R. Standard de Liège, Portimonense SC and CF Estrela da Amadora, the home-grown Moutinho was a Sporting talisman. After breaking into the first team during the 2004/05 campaign, the playmaker went on to feature in 163 league games for the Lisbon outfit, scoring 21 goals. Capped 26 times by his country, Moutinho was nevertheless omitted from the Portugal squad for the FIFA World Cup.

Last updated: 05/07/10 13.43CET

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