ELIAS LEADS SPORTING EXODUS
Sporting midfielder Elias headlines a list of seven players on their way out of Lisbon upon the arrival of new manager Diego Maradona.
The Brazilian international has been longing for a move away from Sporting and now moves to Internacional for £4.1 million.
Also on his way out is former La Masia product Jeffren Suarez, who returns to Spanish territory after Espanyol agreed a £675,000 deal for the winger.
The 27-year-old appeared just 16 times since the beginning of last season in an injury ravaged period in Portugal.
The one time promising midfielder Zakaria Labyad signs for Greek Super League champions Olympiakos for £475,000.
The Moroccan international joined for free from PSV Eindhoven back in 2012 but failed to make an impact with ‘Os Leões’, agreeing a three year deal with the Athens club.
Sporting flop Guilherme finally departs to Mexican side Monarcas Morelia for a transfer fee of £875,000.
The ex-Atletico Mineiro striker played a total of 27 appearances for Sporting after joining for £1.2 million just over a year ago, failing to score a single goal for the club.
The Brazilian forward will be given 10% of the transfer fee, a clause placed into his contract when he signed that quantifies to £87,500.
Paraguayan full back Ivan Piris heads back to Serie A after representing Roma before his move to Portugal.
Piris will join Serie A side Torino for £450,000 but Sporting will only receive 10% of the transfer fee due to the 90% ownership of a third party company.
Sporting also agreed to loan out their Argentine striker Valentin Viola, with the former Racing Club man joining Argentinian giants River Plate until the end of the season.
The final player heading out will be former Cercle Brugge loanee Renato Neto, albeit at the end of the season, after Sporting agreed to release the Brazilian midfielder in June.