With the league on hold due to the World Cup and the European transfer window wide open, there have been plenty of comings and goings at Brazilian clubs over the last few weeks. Check out this comprehensive list.
Brazil may have slipped out of the World Cup in the quarter final, but it remains the footballing factory of the world. If you need any reminding, then check out the list below. A Brazilian star, coming to a team near you. The eye catching transfers were the signings of Vinicius Junior by Real Madrid and Arthur by Barcelona, of course. But there have been a few lower profile, but very interesting deals too. Watch out for the likes of Jandrei, Brenner and João Pedro who have moved to Sampdoria, Torino and Porto respectively.
It terms of how the effect on the squads in Brazil, Atletico Mineiro look like the worst off to me. They have made a few decent looking signings, but losing Bremmer, Otero and Roger Guedes – the league’s top scorer with nine goals – is a massive blow. It will be hard to replace them.
Palmeiras have sold a few good players without adding any significant replacements, although their squad was a little bloated to begin with so that shouldn’t affect them too much. Flamengo have lost one of their best players, but they have plenty more good young players coming through the ranks. The weaker sides have generally failed to add much quality, but the fact that they struggle to do that, is, well, why they are weak.
One thing that struck me though was the following: where are all the Brazilian number 9s. Flamengo, Santos, Internacional, Cruzeiro and Vasco have all signed non-Brazilian centre forwards this window. I don’t have any problem with that and think that having foreign players in a league is a good thing, but the fact that Brazilian clubs are struggling to fill this position with Brazilians goes to show how the number nine has become Brazil’s problem area at the national team level. And this problem isn’t new. remember the widely-ridiculed Fred in 2014? Something to ponder, perhaps.
Without further ado then, I present you the list below. To make it a little fun, I’ve ranked the transfers based on how excited I would get if I was a fan of the buying team. Enjoy. Comments, thoughts and alternative views are very welcome as always.
Major Brasileirão Serie A transfers, winter break 2018
Vinicius Júnior, F, 18 years, Flamengo to Real Madrid (Spain), €45m, 10
Arthur, M, 21 years, Gremio to Barcelona (Spain), €40m, 10
Gleison Bremer, CB, 21 years, Atlético Mineiro to Torino (Italy), €5.5m, 8
João Pedro, RB, 21 years, Palmeiras to Porto (Portugal), €4m, 8
Otero, AM, 25 years, Atlético Mineiro to Al Wehda, €5m, 7.5
Leandrinho, F, 19 years, Napoli (Italy) to Atlético Mineiro, loan, 7.5
Jandrei, GK, 25 years, Chapecoense to Sampdoria (Italy), €2.5m, 7.5
Balbuena, CB, 26 years, Corinthians to West Ham (England), 7
Denilson, F, 23 years, Granada (Spain) to Atlético Mineiro, €300k, 7
Chará, AM, 27 years, Junior Baranquilla (Colombia) to Atlético Mineiro, 7
Róger Guedes, F, 21 years, Atlético Mineiro to Shandong Luneng, €10m, 7
Sidcley, LB, 25 years, Corinthians to Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), €5m, 7
Luciano, F, 25 years, Panathanaikos (Greece) to Fluminense, 3 year loan, 7
Luan Peres, CB, 23 years, Fluminense to Club Brugge (Belgium), €500k, 7
Fernando, F, 19 years, Palmeiras to Shakthar Donetsk (Ukraine), €5.5m, 7
Keno, F, 28 yaers, Palmeiras to Pyramids FC (Egpyt), €11.8m, 7
Felipe Vizeu, F, 21 years, Flamengo to Udinese (Italy), €5m, 6.5
Tchê Tchê, DM, 25 years, Palmeiras to Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), €4.8, 6.5
Bruno Peres, RB, 28 years, Roma to São Paulo, 6.5
Fernando Uribe, F, 30 years, Toluca to Flamengo, 6.5
Hernan Barcos, F, 34 years, LDU (Ecuador) to Cruzeiro, 6
Marinho, F, 28 years, Changchun Yatai (China) to Gremio, 6
Apodi, RB, 31 years, Chapecoense to Ohod (Saudi Arabia), 6
Edinho, AM, 23 years, Fortaleza to Atlético Mineiro, 6
Bryan Ruiz, F, 32 years, Sporting to Santos, 6
Joao Rojas, AM, 29 years, Talleres (Argentina) to São Paulo, 6
Júnior Tavares, LB, 21 years, São Paulo to Sampdoria (Italy), loan, 6
Jonatan Álvez, F, 30 years, Junior Barranquilla (Colombia) to Internacional, loan, 6
Daniel Fuzato, GK, 21 years, Palmeiras to Roma (Italy), €500k, 5.5
Maxi Lopez, F, 34 years, Udinese, Udinese (Italy) to Vasco, free, 5.5
Júnior Dutra, F, 30 years, Corinthians to Fluminense, loan, 5.5
Erick, F, 20 years, Sporting Braga to Vitória, loan, 5.5
Digão, CB, 30 years, Cruzeiro to Fluminense, 5
Bruno, RB, 32 years, São Paulo to Bahia, loan, 5
Nicolás Freire, CB, 24 years, PEC Zwolle (Holland) to Palmeiras, loan, 5
Oswaldo Henríquez, CB, 29 years, Sport to Vasco, 5
Ruan Renato, CB, 24 years, Austria Vienna (Austria) to Vitória, 5
Raul, DM, 21 years, Ceará to Vasco, 4.5
Nadson, CM, 28 years, Chapecoense to Paraná, loan, 4