Report from Portugal: The Carvalho affair


Nuno Almeida is a Lisbon-born blogger, a top ClaretandHugh Facebook Forum member and a passionate football man.Β A Sporting Clube de Portugal fan and member since the day he was born πŸ™‚ he is also a huge fan of English football and West Ham. He’s been a Hammer since 1980, the day he watched the FA Cup final against Arsenal.Β Nuno is also author of a blog in Portuguese dedicated to West Ham:

Here he takes a http://www.forever-claret-blue.blogspot.ptlook at how the Carvalho affair is being reported in Portugal!


By Nuno Almeida

The Portuguese media are dedicating special attention to the affair concerning William Carvalho’s failed transfer to London and the words clash between West Ham owner, David Sullivan, and Sporting CP president Bruno Carvalho and Communication director Nuno Saraiva.

Even our favourite blog, ClaretandHugh was included in TV debates recently!

There is a consensus that William is the victim in this process and the only one not to blame.

It is said the player got a promise from Sporting president one year ago, after Portugal won the Eurocup, that he could leave this summer to play abroad.

There is also a clash between those who defend Sporting, saying David Sullivan is not a very credible person in England and those who say reckon Sporting is not managing Β this process explaining that to say the club received no offers for William devalues him in the transfer market.

It is very strange Sporting states there were no offers after Portuguese newspapers spend one month reporting West Ham were negotiating with them. It was published in that period that negotiations even got to a point in which only small details were dividing both parts.

They also say Sporting’s strategy was to keep West Ham as a backup while they were trying to sell William for a higher value and for a team with higher ambitions like Monaco. It failed, so on the last day of the market window Sporting then tried to sell William to West Ham.

What it is clear is that though West Ham’s boss David Sullivan is preparing legal action against Sporting and against Nuno Saraiva after he launched a press release calling David Sullivan a liar, it will very easy to prove who is right once a written proof of Hammers formal offer is shown.

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  • sirgeoff says:


  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Are everybody in Portugal named NUNO and CARVALHO ???
    Mi6 need to get involved here ffs there’s blatant sabotage going on here !! Its all a load of Nuno,s and Carvalho,s 😁 wink wink !!

  • Gary says:

    Good to read the take in Portgual on this Nuno,thanks.

  • jonnyd says:

    Unfortunately for DS his credibility with supporters is approaching zero. The revenue from the OS and the playing investment he promised this would bring has never happened. Whatever way you add things up we have sold Tomkins and Payet, and we have then not spent the allocated sums on Tore and Zaza as options to buy were not taken up. Taking this in to account the net expenditure over the last 24 months has been negligible and the fans know it. Each year there is the promise of the marquee signing who never arrives. We now start the year with one fit striker of sound body and mind (if we sensibly exclude Carroll and Sakho). That striker is Hernandez who needs a foil/ support player. The midfield seems pedestrian, and we have two aging centre backs plus another (Reid) who also has continual injury issues. The gaps are clear to everyone no matter how much posturing DS does. I challenge DS to produce a simple spreadsheet showing net spend on transfer fees from !st September 2015 to 1st September 2017 to prove the point. It comes to bugger all.

  • Hammer64 says:

    I am still inclined to believe DS on this but I don’t understand why he doesn’t simply produce a copy of the offer. Obviously I have never negotiated a transfer in my life & know nothing about the procedures, but is it possible that negotiations can get pretty close completion just on the basis of phone conversations? If that’s the case I can see that things could get complicated over the question of whether an offer was a ‘serious’ one or not. Just wondering. It seems too simple if there is something written down. Surely neither would have let it get this far if it was going to be that simple to expose the other one as a liar.

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Personally 64 nothing would have developed in different circumstances imo , the porn
    And parasite accusation hit home and is completely miffed about it , whether he is or not nuno #1 is out of order making remarks like that in the position he holds !
    But us neandathol parasitic boardette , noblettes and board disapprovers ( PC that ) can give it large because we know its been brought on by himself ,!!!πŸ˜‰ thought I would get an attack in on the majority of fans including me before the police arrive πŸ˜‚
    The thing is , the club will pay for the lawyers and everything connected to it and be used as an excuse for not buying no one in the Jan window and blame it all on bilic lol πŸ˜‚

  • Radai Lama says:

    Bricks to lay.Its just another manic Monday,no time for all this drama i have a mortgage to pay πŸ˜‚
    64 the missus is at home on her own if you wanna pop round with with some rope πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • JimmyMallet says:

    I find myself instinctively not believing anything DS says.
    One of the least professional and unlikable chairman in the premier league. Only Mike Ashley is worse.
    If he was telling the truth he could prove it very quickly instead of getting his dim heir to make legal threats on Twitter.
    Typical Sullivan farce!

  • Noble Warrior says:

    The truth is out there but frankly im not interested.What the family Sullivan do is rock bottom of my interested in list

  • markro says:

    Pretty sure you have to have a character before it can be defamed.

  • Nuno Almeida says:

    Good point, Lazarus πŸ™‚
    But no, in fact there is in Portugal than Nuno’s or Carvalho’s πŸ™‚
    We also have Cristiano’s and Ronaldo’s LOL

    • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

      😁 no point name dropping on here nuno ! We got Smith’s , Jones , and roonyboozy πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Hammer64 says:

    You are too good to me Radai- a real mate. But it is getting close to my afternoon snooze time. I probably better stick to Skysports & gazing at that Natalie sort & dreaming of days gone by. Sad eh?

  • Noble Warrior says:

    Im sure there are far more unlikeable characters around who are chairmen or on boards than DS jimmymallet.Do some research on some of them and they make DS seem small time unlikeable.Head in the direction of Russia first and there are some real shady characters involved in some of our Premier League clubs.

  • Stow-hammer says:

    First let me start by saying my last name does not begin with a G or an S
    But I do still really like our owners and trust them. That might make me a mug but I think there is stuff they just cannot go public on.
    I think three lost games (of which only one is a terrible result) even on the back of a bad season is a bit soon to be calling for them to go.
    I suspect that they scaled back transfer activity in order to give some room in the budget if they need to bring in a new manager. Which started to look quite likely after the Newcastle game.
    I don’t mind that they made their money via pornography. It’s a lot more honest as a source of wealth than most premier league ownership.
    Well. There you go. Just thought I should say it.

  • kennycandb says:

    What worries me more about our owners is why they have just recently hocked all the tangible assets the club owns ie stadium lease, all three training grounds, rec.
    It was not to pay for summer transfers! They were negligible.
    It was not to pay for ground improvements – none needed.
    So, bearing in mind the money obtained from our 11th place finish in the PL, the enormous amount of tv income and a sold out stadium, why was it necessary to hock the clubs assets.
    Would you care to explain D’S and DG.

    • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

      Tax credits 😁
      Its a business run for them not us. Sorry stow putting a budget by don’t wash mate , Β£ 200 mill + just from the TV with a net spend of virtually nothing don’t wash with me !!
      The quicker they’re gone the better for me

      • Noble Warrior says:

        If your so bothered then download the club financial reports, they’re all there for anyone too see.
        What do you think consortiums from China,America or Russia are in it for.The fans? No the cash.

  • Radai Lama says:

    I aint no expert,far from it but theyre playing catch up to some extent aint they.They paid off a loan in July which was borrowed against tv dough,but now you cant borrow against tv dough so they have to do it with something else.
    Always a season behind paying off loans to places like Rights & Media Funds,Tabors lot.So this next loan will then be paid off next summer with the tv dough from this season.Then the cycle will probably start again next July & August 😁
    Thats a thick brickies simplistic understanding of it anyway,probably totally wrong πŸ˜‚

  • jimbo says:

    That’s pretty much my limited understanding too Rads. Although very recently, didn’t Gold say they were converting expensive loans the club owed back to the board and charging the club less interest, (6% instead of 10%), thereby ensuring the risk of potential Administration in the event of default was mitigated? How does this sit with putting up all we own as collateral as is being reported now? Can’t understand it. Why didn’t they offer up AC instead? Oh yeah, no resale value!

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