SC Braga have made two signings to add to their squad before next week's vital Champions League third round qualifier with Scottish giants Celtic. Portuguese full back Silvio has joined from Rio Ave and Brazilian goalkeeper Artur Moraes from Roma.
Silvio had been attracting a lot of attention from other clubs in Portugal but has settled on SC Braga and has signed a four-year deal with last year's Liga Sagres runners-up. The 22-year-old is comfortable filling in at either left or right back and began his youth career at Benfica before switching in 2006.
Artur Moraes has signed on a free for one season after being released by former club Roma. After international keeper Eduardo and Kieszek left for Genoa and Porto respectively, and then the injury blow to Quim, Braga were forced to find a replacement fast and have settled on the 29-year-old Brazilian.
Both players were presented to the fans before a friendly game last night against Athletic Bilbao but have yet to be officially announced on the club website.
Braga took the lead in the friendly through new signing Meyong in the first half, but Athletic put three past them in the second half to wrap up a comfortable 3-1 win.
Meanwhile, Braga are trying to settle a fee with Dynamo Moscow for former player Luis Aguiar, who has struggled to settle in the Russian captial.