Cruzeiro president confirms four signings: Goulart, Lucca, Paulão and Everton Ribeiro
Cruzeiro president Gilvan de Pinho Tavares confirmed the arrival of four players at the club on Friday, announcing the capture of attacking midfield trio Ricardo Goulart, Lucca and Éverton Ribeiro, as well as centre back Paulão.
The signings of Ricardo Goulart and Lucca (pictured) had been considered close to completion for some time and both deals are likely to see players heading in the opposite direction.
Goulart arrives on a permanent deal from Goiás, with full-back Marcos and midfielder Diego Arias likely heading to the newly promoted side. Lucca, meanwhile, arrives on loan with an option to buy at a later date, with Diego Renan, Gilson, Amaral and Fabinho all likely to head to Criciúma in exchange.
Éverton Ribeiro's arrival from Coritiba was all but confirmed by the player's agent earlier on Friday afternoon, while the signing of Guangzhou Evergrande defender Paulão had been rumoured in recent days. The club will purchase 60% of Ribeiro's ownership, while the details of Paulão's signing are yet to be confirmed.
“The two have already agreed with us and will join the rest of the players on Monday,” president Tavares confirmed to UOL Esporte. “We closed a deal with Coritiba and with the player today [Friday] and all is agreed for his arrival. The defender is Paulão. He has already taken medical examinations and will sign a contract with us.”