SAO PAULO (AP) — Many talented young Brazilian players are hoping to join European leagues in January and could be a bargain for clubs looking for last-minute deals.
Some of them are among the best of the last edition of the Brazilian championship.
Here are some names to watch out for:
MATIAS ZARACHO – The 23-year-old Atletico Mineiro right-winger was key to the club’s first Brazilian league title in 50 years, which was followed by the Brazilian Cup trophy. The Argentina native is fast and skilful. Zaracho has scored seven goals and provided two assists in the Brazilian league. He can also play as a midfielder which has earned him comparisons with Willian. He has been linked with Bayer Leverkusen.
ANDRE – The 20-year-old Fluminense midfielder started last season in the youth division but quickly became one of Brazil’s best in the role. An excellent passer, Andre played 26 games for his club in the Brazilian league and scored once – in the 1-0 victory over rivals Flamengo. André’s style is often compared to Manchester City’s Fernandinho.
GABRIEL PEREIRA – The 20-year-old Corinthians right winger scored his first two professional goals last year which made him a fan favourite. Pereira’s movements often lead to fouls which also underlines that he still needs to improve physically. Brazilian media reported that he rejected an offer from Atlético Madrid in November.
MATHEUZINHO – The 21-year-old Flamengo right-back has become a frequent starter for a team that has a Chilean national team player competing for the same position. A good scorer and passer, Matheuzinho played 58 games last season, with two goals and seven assists. Brazil coach Tite is reportedly eyeing him for a position he desperately needs players for – so don’t be surprised if Matheuzinho makes the World Cup squad.
ARTUR – The 23-year-old striker was key for Red Bull Bragantino to reach the Copa Sudamericana final and qualify for this year’s Copa Libertadores. He has scored 21 goals in 2020, most of them from hard shots, which has reportedly earned him interest from several European clubs. His agents say he is expected to join RB Leipzig in the middle of the year unless a better offer emerges.
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