Transfer speculation: Tiago to Portsmouth (£6 million)


A lot of things have been written about the disgraced former Juventus general manger Luciano Moggi, most of them bad, but one thing that seems to be getting overlooked is his ability to spot talent.

It was this knack that allowed Juventus to buy Zinedine Zidane from Bordeaux when he was still unknown outside France and it was Moggi who decided to go for Zlatan Ibrahimovic when many felt that he was never going to fulfill his potential.

Without Moggi, Juventus’ transfers aren’t anywhere near as efficient as they were, particularly those that they made this summer where most of the players they’ve signed have failed to settle in.

Particularly disappointing has been Tiago. Billed as their summer’s main transfer and hyped up before the start of the season, he’s often watched games from the substitutes’ bench. Despite Claudio Ranieri’s public statements that he feels the player will come good, the feeling is that they will get rid of him if a decent offer comes through.

The whole situation makes him the ideal Harry Redknapp transfer target: a good player who perhaps hasn’t been used as he should by his present club and therefore available for below his real value.

Portsmouth have a good midfield with the combination of Sulley Muntari and Papa Bouba Diop working efficiently. Yet while that duo’s work rate cannot be faulted, they do not always offer much creatively. In this set-up, Tiago would fit in nicely and his passing abilities would give their play an added dimension that at the moment they lack.

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Portsmouth have a good midfield with the combination of Sulley Muntari and Papa Bouba Diop working efficiently. Yet while that duo’s work rate cannot be faulted, they do not always offer much creatively."


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