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A couple of interesting outgoing transfers from Ludogorets in the pipeline. The first one is a fact: Brazilian RB Júnior Caiçara to German side Schalke o4 for EUR 6,000,000, which is by far the biggest transfer fee paid for an A Group player.

Also, GK Vlado Stoyanov is reported to mve to Serie A for sure, the contenders being Roma and Palermo.
 

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Ludigorets signed 28y old striker João Paulo da Silva Araújo from Botev Plovdiv. If the guy managed to be the leading scorer of the league so far at such a mediocre club (Botev are from a good side right now) then it should be a good signing for Ludo.

It also means the rumored transfer of Jonathan Cafú to Olympique Lyonnais is quite probable. Ludo are reported to also negotiate with St. Etienne for the transfer of Wanderson. They have too many quality strikers anyway, so their attacking ability wouldn't be affected that much even if both transfers were through.
 

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Beroe got 28y old Croatian winger Mateas Delic on a free transfer. The reported length of contract is 1.5 years.

Overall only Ludo are willing/able to pay for new players though.
 

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Slavia Sofia sold 18yo CD Petko Hristov to Fiorentina. He made a name as a Bulgarian U19 regular in the last couple of years. Quite a good prospect he is, and he can also subtly take a break from time to time as he has a twin-brother who is also 18 and also plays as a CD from time to time.
 

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Levski Sofia sign ex-Barcelona Jordi Gómez and ex-MU Gabriel Obertan. There are also rumors CD Nicolás Gorosito from Getafe will be undergoing medicals this week.

So, we will have a three-horse competition this year (ex-Litex CSKA-Sofia have also declared ambitions, and they have the money and fanbase to give it a try), which may be a good thing after all. It may not be visible yet, but a lot of youth academies have been created over the past 5-7 years, and hopefully Bulgarian talent will pop up along with the league's developing.
 

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The Bulgarian transfer window ongoing over February, there are still transfers here and there. Most high-profile ones so far:


CF Jakub Swierczok from Zaglebie Lubin to Ludogorets on a 3-year contract for a transfer fee of 850.000 eur

LB Afonso Figueiredo on loan from Stade Rennais to Levski till June 2018
SS/FW Rivaldinho from Dinamo Bucharest to Levski on a 1.5y contract
CM Afonso Figueiredo from Dinamo Bucharest to Levski on a 2.5y contract for a transfer fee of 200.000 eur
RW Paulinho from Zorya Luhansk to Levski on a 3y contract

AM Roland Alberg from Philadelphia Union to CSKA-Sofia on a 2y contract
CF Jean Carlos Blanco from CD La Equidad to CSKA-Sofia on a free transfer (term of contract undisclosed)
LB Geferson from SC Internacional to CSKA-Sofia (term of contract and transfer fee undisclosed)
LB Anton Nedyalkov from CSKA-Sofia to FC Dallas on a 3y contract foe a transfer fee of max 1.5 mio eur (1.25 mio + bonuses)

CF Kaloyan Krastev from Slavia Sofia to Bologna on a 3.5y contract for a transfer fee of 1.5 mio eur
 

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Previous clubs of Bojigoal:

Lecce
Fiorentina
Juventus
City
Parma
Sporting CP
Lecce
Hellas Verona
Vicenza
Levski Sofia
Ternana
Partisan
Meizhou Hakka
Lausanne

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Rijeka
Botev Vratza :facepalm:
 

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A couple of interesting last-minute signings before the close of the transfer window (Sep 6):

FW Ali Sowe to CSKA-Sofia on loan from Chievo

Which probably means Despodov will be sold in the winter or earlier.

CB Nuno Reis to Levski for an undisclosed fee from Setubal

Todor Nedelev will almost certainly join CSKA-Sofia from Botev Plovdiv. Botev do have a new owner, and one would expect them to try to retain such a crucial player, but it doesn't happen as news are that the transfer is now only depending on the player's consent.
 

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A couple of interesting developments in the summer market in Bulgoland.

16 year old AM/winger Nikola Iliev signed with Inter Milano. He was the most sought after prospect with offers from Man United and Ajax among others.

18yo CM Filip Krastev signed with ManCity. He will stay in his current club Slavia Sofia until the end of the year and will be loaned out to Belgian FC Lommel, which has the same owners as City.

19 yo FW Martin Minchev goes to Sparta Prague for four years. He had other options (Brentford, Hoffe, Cologne and Empoli among others) but chose to follow Rosicki’s promise to play regularly in the Czech league. He seems to have become an instant legend for the schnapps loving part of the Sparta fans by countering the journalists doing his first interview with the following question: ‘You know when rakia tastes best?’, and answering his own question: ‘After a win over the other team on the pitch.’

A legend in the make;)

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Notable news after the closing of the transfer window:

CSKA-Sofia didn't manage to get rid of Ali Sowe. A transfer to Dijon was deemed a done deal but somehow the Frenchies failed to register the transfer with the ITMS by some 10 seconds 😅 . They got two strikers from Watford on loan, namely Jerome Sinclair and Adalberto Penaranda, who were supposed to replace Sowe. Now they have a surplus of attackers it seems.

Ludogorets signed Kiril Despodov on loan from Cagliari.

Slavia sold keeper Antonis Stergiakis to Blackburn.

In other news, Botev Plovdiv are facing imminent bankruptcy as they revealed huge debt to an insolvent bank, and the administrator is now chasing them to repay. I feel sorry for Todor Nedelev, who stayed loyal till the very end of this great Bulgarian club.
 

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In other news, Botev Plovdiv are facing imminent bankruptcy as they revealed huge debt to an insolvent bank, and the administrator is now chasing them to repay. I feel sorry for Todor Nedelev, who stayed loyal till the very end of this great Bulgarian club.
Couple of big lessons here.
 

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We badly need some high profile transfers abroad, or our footballing GenZ will be the next waisted one.

As a recap of our biggest hopes for the future, including new transfers:

Levski Sofia sold Stanislav 'Stasi' Ivanov to Chicago Fire. While the USA is not the best destination for a young European player Levski is a black hole right now; anything away from this iwould be a vast improvement (well, not anything but mostly so).

Nikola Iliev gets some playing time for Inter M's primavera; he is still very young (17) and will hopefully find his way through to the first team

Filip Krastev is about to sign a 1.5 year contract with French 2nd division club Troyes (although he was supposed to be playing for another City Football Group affiliate, Belgian Lommel from this January on). Bulgarians have had a good tradition in (lower profile) French clubs in the past 20-25 years, so may be a better move for him than Belgium.

17yo defensive mid/CB Dimo Krastev is already part of the first team of Fiorentina. I have high hopes for this tall and energetic lad; he might have a bright future in Italy. Let's see how his fairytale football story develops.

Martin Minchev is already part of the first team of Sparta Prague after having had a period of adaptation in their B team apparently.

Add to this Valentin Antov, the Hristov brothers, Dominik Yankov, Zdravko Dimitrov, Ilian Iliev, GK Dani Naumov, to name a few from the Bulgarian league, and you already have a good next-NT perspective for the 10+ years to come.

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Valio Antov on loan from CSKA-Sofia to Bologna till end season.

Ilija Gruev Jr. promoted to Werder’s first team (old news but I somehow missed to mention that before). He is reportedly steadily developing in his club (I admit I haven’t see him play).
 
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