PORTUGAL: Porto signs Colombian wonderkid

Portugal

After selling James Rodriguez to Monaco for a monster €45million fee, Portuguese giants FC Porto has replaced the Colombian playmaker with another. Juan Fernando Quintero, star of the recent Under-20 World Cup joins the Liga Champions for €5million from recently relegated Serie A side Pescara.

20130712 - Juan Fernando Quintero FC Porto

If like former Colombians, Radamel Falcao and Rodriguez, Porto wishes to sell at a huge profit, the release clause inside the 20-year-old’s contract is €40million.

Quintero, suffered from a series of injuries after the Under-20 South American tournament in January, but still managed 17 Serie A appearances for Pescara. Although, he was unable to help the Delfini escape relegation, he has aided their financial situation with the big money move.

Pescara initially signed him from Atlético Nacional in July 2012 on-loan with an option to buy for €3.5million, which they have activated.

His performances in Italy last term made him being watched under many top clubs’ radar. The creative midfielder was linked over the past few months with Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Juventus and Fiorentina.

The young star stated he is ‘delighted’ the move and after his recent displays in Turkey for the Colombian Under-2o side, the Porto fans are in for a real treat especially when linking up with fellow compatriot striker Jackson Martinez.

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