Every year the story is always the same. When this time of the season arrives, fans of Brazilian clubs are already starting to worry about the possibility of saying goodbye to some of their favorite players.
The mid-year transfer window is the time when the strongest teams on earth usually visit South America to clean up the most talented and promising athletes who have excelled here.
The Rafael Reis Blog offers less than the old 2022 version that can be traded with clubs in Europe, the United States, the Middle East or any other corner of the world. There are six names for teams from the five-time World Championship-winning country that are already packing their bags or, at least, awaiting proposals to work abroad.
Newly called up for the first time into the main squad, two-time Libertadores champion by Palmeiras has it all to be Brazil’s most active player in the upcoming transfer window. Clubs from at least three major European countries (England, France and Portugal) are ready to invest heavily in order to rely on Danilo’s football. The list of interested parties includes Arsenal, West Ham and Olympique de Marseille, among others. Since they still have a long contract with the player (until 2026) and several sell options, Palmeiras should not accept any offer to create their base classes. The board expected that Danilo’s potential transfer would amount to at least 25 million euros (131.7 million Brazilian riyals) and would be the second largest in the club’s history.
One of the players who benefited most from the arrival of Paulo Sousa at Flamengo, the young midfielder has not only established himself as a key player, but has also become the pillar of the team rebuilding proposed by the Portuguese coach. However, Joao Gomez was also discovered by European club scouts looking for talent in South American football. According to various Spanish media, Atlético Madrid was the first team to move and had already prepared an offer of 8 million euros (42.1 million Brazilian riyals) for the player. However, the Flamingo consider this offer too low and think they can get more out of the steering wheel.
The new gem formed in Xerém was a staple in the latter part of last season and early this year for Fluminense (especially in qualifying from the preliminary stage of the Libertadores). And soon the Spaniards of Betis players discovered the talent of Luis Henrique and already tried to secure his signature. For 12.6 million euros (66.4 million Rls), the Brazilian right winger will be a player for the Andalusian team from mid-year. The deal was revealed days before the Rio de Janeiro side were toppled into the continental championship, which generated a bad feeling in Laranjeiras. For Flo, it remains to be content with the fact that this is the second most expensive sale in the club’s history (after only Gerson’s departure for Roma in 2016).
The attacking midfielder was formed in São Paulo, and was widely used by Rogerio Ceni as a second-half choice in Paulista Championship matches. But since the start of the Brazilian League, Marquinhos’ score has dropped dramatically. However, Arsenal thought investing in the player was a good idea, especially due to a contractual issue that allowed the transfer to be much cheaper than it would have been under normal circumstances. For the transfer of the young attacking midfielder to England, the London club must pay a maximum of 3.5 million euros (18.4 million Brazilian reals). Sao Paulo is expected to announce the conclusion of the deal in the coming days.
Age 29 years
Set as one of the best active defenders in Brazilian football in the time he played for Santos, Gustavo Henrique has lost a lot of income since his move to Flamengo and had virtually no chances with Paulo Sousa. Even in the midst of this downturn scenario and at a relatively high age, the defender could end up with his first opportunity to work in Europe. That’s because Olympique de Marseille want to appoint a defender for next season, and their Argentine coach, Jorge Sampaoli, has fond memories of the time he led the Brazilian at Santos. If the French really cemented their interest in Gustavo Henrique, then Lala should release him without a lot of hard play.
A goal keeper
Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Regular for Sao Paulo for three seasons, the goalkeeper lost his position at the beginning of the year, after signing Gandri, but he continued to be Rogerio Ceni’s first choice in Copa Sudamericana matches. However, the consolation prize was always in short supply for the ambitious Thiago Volpe, who looked for opportunities to return to Mexico, where he was very prestigious due to the four years he defended Queretaro. The opportunity came last week, with a US$1.5 million (R$7.6 million) proposal made by Toluca. Although the financial reward was not much, Sao Paulo decided to accept the deal due to the bowler’s salary, which is considered too high for the reserve.