Islanders close on stopper
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mallorca appear close to clinching a deal for Portuguese defender Jose Nunes.Mallorca appear close to clinching a deal for Portuguese defender Jose Nunes.
The 28-year-old currently plies his trade for Sporting Braga in his homeland.
He is in his second season at Braga and has established himself as a fixture in the centre of their rearguard.
Indeed, Nunes is one of the major factors behind the club's excellent showing in the Portuguese league this term, with Braga currently sitting fourth just two points behind second-placed Benfica.
Mallorca have been desperately trying to bring in a central defender during the transfer window and have been linked with a host of players in Spain, Portugal and Argentina.
The two most recent candidates were Deportivo La Coruna's Cesar and Sporting Lisbon's Beto, but deals for neither materialised.
It appears that talks are well advanced for Nunes with the player himself having already expressed his desire to test himself in La Primera.
It now remains to be seen whether The Islanders can push through the transfer in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid striker Braulio Nobrega has confirmed Mallorca's interest in taking him to Son Moix.
Hector Cuper is keen to add a powerful forward to his ranks and has turned to Braulio, 20, after missing out on Walter Pandiani.
The two clubs have yet to agree on the terms of any transfer, but the Atletico youngster is keen to make the switch to Mallorca.
"I understand that Mallorca want to take me on loan while Atletico want to sell me," he stated.
"In the situation that Mallorca are in normally teams go for experience, but I can promise the fans I won't lack desire and hunger.
"I am a forward who relies more on pace and power and I want to go there to show just why Mallorca are interested in me."