Confirmation of what had been widely predicted:
FELIPE Caicedo is set for a move to Sporting Lisbon.Caicedo himself said of the move:
The Ecuadorian striker has fallen down the pecking order at Eastlands since the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz in the summer transfer window.
As I wrote the past day or so, it is a good move for all concerned. Whilst the Portuguese league may not be of the highest quality, he will be tested and it should improve him as a player far more than the reserves here at City will.
"My objective is to play and to demonstrate that I can triumph in Europe," Caicedo told skysports.com.
"City have many forwards who have arrived this summer and they have complicated my presence.
"But to be with a club like Sporting Lisbon is a personal challenge to me.
"I am very happy to be able to play in the Champions League. Portugal is a good championship and I do not believe there will be any problems for me adapting my style."
He also has the advantage of a potential Champions League campaign (should Sporting overcome Twente in the qualifiers).
I slowly warmed to Caicedo over the course of last season. I still think Sven vastly overpayed for him, and at times he resembles a bull in a china shop (or even a headless bull in a china shop), but there is definitely something there with him.
Whether he now gets the opportunity to ever show that with us is another question, but a loan deal rather than a permanent one suggests Mark Hughes may think he could turn into a useful player further down the line.