São Paulo announces the signing of Wellington Nem, on loan from Shakhtar
São Paulo have announced attacker Wellington Nem as their first signing for the 2017 season.
The player will be loaned free of charge by Shahktar Donetsk for 12 months. The deal was closed in Ukraine by São Paulo's lawyer Alexandre Passaro. Revealed in the youth system of Fluminense, the player emerged as one of the great revelations of Brazilian football in 2011. Loaned out by Fluminense to Figueirense to gain more experience, Wellington Nem stood out in the Santa Catarina team. The good spell in Santa Catarina gave him chances at Fluminense, on his return to Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The attacker took advantage of the chances in the Campeonato Carioca and quickly won his space in the team. Wellington Nem was one of the most promising names of Brazilian football that year, and was picked by coach Mano Menezes in the pre-list of the Olympic Games in London. He defended the Brazilian national team in the Superclásico de las Américas against Argentina and ended the season with the Brazilian Championship title. In June 2013, Nem was sold to Shakhtar Donetsk. The player said: "I wanted to say that in 2017 I'll be there to honor the shirt and win titles. I want to thank president Leco for all the effort he has done for me. I'm very happy."
Aged 24, Nem hasn't been active since 9 September. Last Sunday, he was listed for the match against Oleksandria, but was not used. His contract with Shakhtar is valid until June 2018. In the Ukrainian club, Nem played 51 matches and scored 9 goals. São Paulo president Carlos Augusto de Barros e Silva said that the arrival of the new player marks the beginning of a new era in the Morumbi team.