The last couple of weeks have seen a lot of movement in the Brazilian transfer market.
In the biggest Brazil to Europe move of the summer transfer window (so-far) Paulo Henrique Ganso has finally flown his Brazilian nest and made his way to Sevilla, where the new manager Jorge Sampaoli wants to turn him into the next Andrea Pirlo, which you might think was entirely ridiculous if anyone other than Sampaoli was saying it. São Paulo have brought in speedy little Peruvian Christian Cueva as his replacement.
In another poultry-related tranfer, Alexandre Pato has moved to Spain as a €3 million reinforcement for a Villarreal squad which faces an imminent Champions’ League qualifying campaign.
It looks like the two Gabriels, Jesus and Barbosa, could be soon following Duck and Goose on their cross-Atlantic migratory path. A Barcelona director was recently spotted at Santos’ Vila Belmiro stadium checking upon the progress of Gabigol Barbosa and his Seleção team-mate Lucas Lima.
Gabriel Jesus meanwhile has been linked with a €20 million move to Juventus and has also apparently been on the blower to Pep Guardiola, who tried his hand at the arduous task of persuading a Brazilian that moving to Manchester is a good idea. Palmeiras, though, are holding out for closer to €26 million for their 19 year-old top goal scorer.
In Belo Horizonte, Mano Menezes has arrived for a second stint in charge of Cruzeiro, where he will try to steer them clear of relegation once more after performing the same trick in his previous stint at the club.
América-MG are desperately scrambling around in the dirt at the moment trying to avoid what looks an almost certain relegation to the second tier, signing everyone and anyone who has ever kicked around a Coca-Cola can in the playground.
Internacional have made also a move to sign centre forward Nico López who had an excellent Copa Libertadores campaign for Nacional of Uruguay. Meanwhile Fluminense have repatriated Wellington Silva who spent last season getting relegated from the Championship with Bolton.
Diego, of Atlético Madrid, Juventus and Werder Bremen fame, has arrived back in Brazil with Flamengo after a long and successful spell in various European leagues, most recently with Fenerbahçe in Turkey, much to the delight of the Flamengo faithful. The once-much-hyped Leandro Damião has also arrived to play in the red and black of the famous Rio club, making Flamengo’s attacking options for the rest of the season look rather dangerous.