International announce signing of Dida and Wellington Paulista for 2014
Internacional have confirmed the signing of striker Wellington Paulista and former Brazil national team goalkeeper Dida today for the 2014 season.
The deal to sign Dida comes after the 40-year-old failed to reach a wage agreement with Grêmio to extend his one season stay with the club.
Despite his age Dida will be favourite to take the keeper’s jersey from Muriel who was first choice for the Porto Alegre club last season.
Most famous for his ten-year stay with AC Milan, Dida has played for a number of clubs in Brazil but shows no signs of stopping despite reaching the twilight stages of his career.
He helped Grêmio finish second in the Brasileirão last season, starting 37 times and conceding 34 goals.
Wellington Paulista has joined as well this after it was announced last Thursday that he was set to join Colorado. He completed his medical before signing a two-year contract this afternoon.
The 29-year-old will be expected to replace Leandro Damião and after a successful loan spell with Criciúma he’ll be confident of doing so.
Wellington Paulista scored 11 goals in 24 appearances in the 2013 Brasileirão but Internacional already have an array of forwards with Diego Forlán, Ignacio Scocco, Rafael Moura, Caio and Otávio all capable of playing in advanced positions.
Colorado will hope the addition of these two players will help them improve on last season’s disappointing final standing of 14th.