The former Sheffield Wednesday loanee Frederico Venancio will spend the rest of this season in Spain.
Venancio was reported to have been a target for Wednesday in the summer transfer window (Yorkshire Live).
But the Owls instead signed Chey Dunkley at centre-half – a position in which they are currently well-stocked.
And Venancio has since signed a loan deal with Lugo, who play in Spanish football’s second tier.
Posting on Instagram after his move, the 27-year-old wrote:
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Quero agradecer ao @vitoriasc_oficial por ter tido a oportunidade de representar as cores e o simbolo do rei. Agradecer as pessoas que trabalharam comigo( colegas, treinadores, fisios, médicos) diariamente em especial à dona Lurdes, sr Carlos e sr José pela forma como me trataram desde o primeiro ao último dia. Aos adeptos pela forma como sempre apoiaram a equipa! E a todas as amizades que fiz na cidade de Guimarães. @club_deportivo_lugo obrigado pela confiança que depositam em mim! Com vontade de trabalhar para ajudar a equipa e o clube a alcançar os objectivos! E que seja um final feliz para todos!! Gracias!!! #forzalugo
Venancio still has two years left on his contract with Vitoria de Guimaraes, for whom he has played just 34 times since he joined them in 2018.
And he could find a former Wednesday colleague in charge by the time he returns.
According to Guimaraes Digital, the Portuguese side are considering hiring Bruno Lage, who was Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant at Hillsborough, to replace Tiago Mendes after the latter’s resignation on Thursday.
Venancio played 25 times for the Owls and scored or assisted two goals.
Lugo are based around three hours north of Guimaraes, across the border between norther Portugal and north-west Spain.