The lights are on Dragao and Porto is moving into the final assault this summer, although the market in the far west of the Iberian Peninsula will not close until tomorrow. Atletico Madrid intends to solve a few football players in the photo finish, and the Dragons want to use that fact - they are targeting Thomas Lemar and Hector Herrera.
Everything has already been told about how much Atletico made a mistake when they paid Monaco 70,000,000 euros for the Frenchman two years ago, and the only logical move is a sale or a loan. Porto prefers the second option and is largely negotiating with the leaders of Rojiblancos.
In the last few days, Lemar was first targeted by Leipzig and Bayern (it was too expensive for the Bavarians), and then by Arsenal.
In the ranks of the Portuguese champion, they believe that he could play football under the coaching authority of Serge Conceição. Because, although he has two seasons to forget, we must not forget what talent and performances he demonstrated in the Monaco jersey when half of Europe was looking for him (he finished the 2016/17 season with nine championship goals and 12 assists).
Herrera and Torreira
There is also Hector Herrera. Lucas Torreira's upcoming signature for Atletico removes the Mexican from the Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Porto would use that a year after Herrera joined the Madrid club, to re-establish cooperation with the defensive midfielder who spent seven seasons in a blue and white jersey.
But that's not all. At the same time, they are working on completing the one-year loan of Malanga Sarr. The talented French stopper left Nice this summer and arrived at Chelsea without compensation, but this is not the season in which Frank Lampard will entrust him with a more serious role.
An additional quality of the left-footed defender is that, in addition to the stoppers, he can meet the requirements of the position of left back, so they see him in Porto as a man who can fill the gap in the case of Alex Telles leaving for Manchester United.
We know that Chelsea loves to send talented young men on loan all over Europe. Therefore, this could be a victory for both sides. Because Porto also realized that the title cannot be defended without a real refreshment of the team.
The main goal of Porto, as in all previous seasons, is the title. If they want to win the league, they will have to strengthen the team with new players. This year, too, there is Benfica as the main competitor who will certainly aim for the title, but we must not forget Sporting or Braga.
Porto has not been what it used to be on the European scene for a long time, so it is imperative to return to the top of European football and win titles.