Defender Pedro Geromel announced as a Grêmio player by the club
Grêmio have confirmed the signing of Pedro Geromel on a contract that runs until June 2016, however confusion still remains about whether it is a permanent or loan deal.
The 28-year-old has been on loan to Spanish side Real Mallorca since 2012 but struggled to recreate his previous good form and now returns to his home country with details of his contract yet to be released.
On Monday Geromel arrived in Brazil, as had been indicated, to spend Christmas with his family and he’s predicted to be presented to the media on Thursday, he’ll also sign his contract that day.
The Brazilian will then look to play senior football in Brazil for the first time in his career as he departed before he was given a chance to play as a youngster.
The strong central defender, 6 foot 3 inches in statue, left the Palmeiras youth academy in 2003 to move to Portuguese side Chavas where he made his professional debut.
His impressive performances at the second division side earned him a move to top-flight Portguese club Vitória de Guimarães before a prolonged spell in Germany with Köln.
After finishing second in the Brasileirão last season, Grêmio will hope to go one better next year and the acquisition of Geromel should enhance their already solid defence.