<![CDATA[RSS Sambafoot]]>http://sambafoot.com/en(sambafoot.com)sambafoot.comsambafoot.comen-en<![CDATA[Training contract of Vitinho at Corinthians has ended and he could go to Manchester City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79573_training_contract_of_vitinho_at_corinthians_has_ended_and_he_could_go_to_manchester_city.html 

Highlight of the Brazilian team that won the U15 South American Championship in Colombia last year, Vitinho is now legally free to act for another team.
The player's training contract expired on January 4 when he turned 16, and he requested a very high salary to sign a professional contract with Corinthians. Vitinho has stood out for the youth team of Brazil and even attracted the interest of Premier League giants Manchester City. The attacker was the tournament top-scorer in Colombia with seven goals, and had been treated as one of the best talents in the club's youth system. Nick Arcuri, agent of Vitinho, has warned that they're open to listening to proposals of those interested. One of the clubs that wish to sign Vitinho is Manchester City, where he has already passed a trial period in October. The youngster was very excited about the opportunity which happened with the consent of Corinthians. However, a transfer to Manchester City can occur only when he turns 18, and there's a long way to go.
As mentioned in Globo Esporte, after conversations with several leaders of the youth sector of Brazil, it was understood that there is a belief he can indeed go to Manchester City. In the 2011 U15 South American Championship, Mosquito was the tournament top-scorer, but after returning to Brazil, demanded high wages to his club and left without renewing. The story of Vitinho is increasingly common, and the example of Mosquito is just one of the players who, encouraged by their agents, prioritized the idea of ​​getting rich as a teenager. Even Mosquito, who's just turned 20, is trying to rebuild his career at Llagostera, in the lower division of Spain.

Highlight of the Brazilian team that won the U15 South American Championship in Colombia last year, Vitinho is now legally free to act for another team.

The player's training contract expired on January 4 when he turned 16, and he requested a very high salary to sign a professional contract with Corinthians. Vitinho has stood out for the youth team of Brazil and even attracted the interest of Premier League giants Manchester City. The attacker was the tournament top-scorer in Colombia with seven goals, and had been treated as one of the best talents in the club's youth system. Nick Arcuri, agent of Vitinho, has warned that they're open to listening to proposals of those interested. One of the clubs that wish to sign Vitinho is Manchester City, where he has already passed a trial period in October. The youngster was very excited about the opportunity which happened with the consent of Corinthians. However, a transfer to Manchester City can occur only when he turns 18, and there's a long way to go.

As mentioned in Globo Esporte, after conversations with several leaders of the youth sector of Brazil, it was understood that there is a belief he can indeed go to Manchester City. In the 2011 U15 South American Championship, Mosquito was the tournament top-scorer, but after returning to Brazil, demanded high wages to his club and left without renewing. The story of Vitinho is increasingly common, and the example of Mosquito is just one of the players who, encouraged by their agents, prioritized the idea of ​​getting rich as a teenager. Even Mosquito, who's just turned 20, is trying to rebuild his career at Llagostera, in the lower division of Spain.

 

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<![CDATA[Vasco da Gama to get €1.5 million from the sale of Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79572_vasco_da_gama_to_get____1_5_million_from_the_sale_of_alex_teixeira_to_jiangsu_suning.html 

Brazilian club Vasco da Gama will make €1.5 million from the sale of attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning.
On Friday, Shakhtar Donetsk had officially announced the transfer of Alex Teixeira to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, the same team that bought Ramires from Chelsea. The transfer fee was confirmed to be €50 million, and Vasco da Gama will receive a portion of the amount as they have been the training club of the 26-year-old. The percentage is calculated according to the time a player spends in the club, and O Globo reckons Vasco will be entitled to 3% of the transaction value. Alex Teixeira came through the youth system of Vasco, where he arrived aged just 9. He remained in the Rio de Janeiro side until he was 19, and was then sold to Shakhtar Donetsk. At Vasco, Alex Teixeira was Brasileirão Série B champion in 2009.
In six and a half seasons in Ukraine, Teixeira scored 89 goals in 223 games. Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning is the most expensive trasfer of the winter transfer window, and also an Asian transfer record. Chinese clubs may still continue breaking records, as the country's window closes only on February 26.

Brazilian club Vasco da Gama will make €1.5 million from the sale of attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning.

On Friday, Shakhtar Donetsk had officially announced the transfer of Alex Teixeira to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, the same team that bought Ramires from Chelsea. The transfer fee was confirmed to be €50 million, and Vasco da Gama will receive a portion of the amount as they have been the training club of the 26-year-old. The percentage is calculated according to the time a player spends in the club, and O Globo reckons Vasco will be entitled to 3% of the transaction value. Alex Teixeira came through the youth system of Vasco, where he arrived aged just 9. He remained in the Rio de Janeiro side until he was 19, and was then sold to Shakhtar Donetsk. At Vasco, Alex Teixeira was Brasileirão Série B champion in 2009.
In six and a half seasons in Ukraine, Teixeira scored 89 goals in 223 games. Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning is the most expensive trasfer of the winter transfer window, and also an Asian transfer record. Chinese clubs may still continue breaking records, as the country's window closes only on February 26.

 

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<![CDATA[Atlético Mineiro believed to be closing in on an agreement with Robinho]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79571_atletico_mineiro_believed_to_be_closing_in_on_an_agreement_with_robinho.html 

Atlético Mineiro already have a plan to have 32-year-old striker Robinho as their main signing for the 2016 season.
The board of the club have outlined a financial plan to attract the former Santos and Guanghzou Evergrande striker, and payment to the player will be made just like they did with Ronaldinho. Robinho is also wanted by Santos, and Atlético know that the wages asked by the player to the Vila Belmiro side is in the region of €140,000 a month. But the club expects to use the image of the player to pay the requested salary. On the agenda of the board is the participation in the sale of shirts with the player's name, awards for matches and objectives achieved in the competitions played in the year and the use of Robinho as poster boy of the sponsors of the club, including DryWorld, sporting goods supplier of the club, in addition to socio-fan programs.
According to Globo Esporte, a source close to the board of Atlético revealed that, before the club's interest in Robinho leaked, negotiations with the player was very close to being finalized. The board relies on the outcome of this business to give a kind of response to departures of key players like Jemerson and Giovanni Augusto, sold to Monaco and Corinthians, respectively.

Atlético Mineiro already have a plan to have 32-year-old striker Robinho as their main signing for the 2016 season.

The board of the club have outlined a financial plan to attract the former Santos and Guanghzou Evergrande striker, and payment to the player will be made just like they did with Ronaldinho. Robinho is also wanted by Santos, and Atlético know that the wages asked by the player to the Vila Belmiro side is in the region of €140,000 a month. But the club expects to use the image of the player to pay the requested salary. On the agenda of the board is the participation in the sale of shirts with the player's name, awards for matches and objectives achieved in the competitions played in the year and the use of Robinho as poster boy of the sponsors of the club, including DryWorld, sporting goods supplier of the club, in addition to socio-fan programs.

According to Globo Esporte, a source close to the board of Atlético revealed that, before the club's interest in Robinho leaked, negotiations with the player was very close to being finalized. The board relies on the outcome of this business to give a kind of response to departures of key players like Jemerson and Giovanni Augusto, sold to Monaco and Corinthians, respectively.

 

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<![CDATA[Aged 24, Neymar has more club goals than what Messi and Cristiano had for club and country]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79570_aged_24__neymar_has_more_club_goals_than_what_messi_and_cristiano_had_for_club_and_country.html 

Brazilian national team captain and Barcelona forward Neymar turned 24 on Friday.
Two of the greatest football players in the world today, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Júnior, celebrate their birthdays on February 5. The Real Madrid superstar turned 31, while the Brazilian is 7 years younger. The former player of Sporting and Manchester United is already considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, and his numbers speak for itself; 518 goals in 774 career games, and 343 goals in 328 matches for Real Madrid only. Meanwhile, Neymar reached the FIFA Ballon d'Or podium for the first time in his career for his performances in 2015. He finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo and club-mate Lionel Messi, who won the award for a record fifth time.
Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi has more goals than the current poster boy of Brazil when we consider the figures at the age of 24. Cristiano Ronaldo was in his final months at United with that age in 2009, and had scored 132 goals [111 for clubs and 21 for Portugal]. On the other hand, Messi had 197 career goals [180 for Barça and 17 for Argentina] when he was 24. Today, the Argentine maestro has 485 goals in 614 matches. However, aged 24, Neymar has more club goals [209] than what Messi and Cristiano had for club and country at that age. In addition, he has scored 46 goals for the five-time World champions, which takes his tally to 255 as a professional footballer.

Brazilian national team captain and Barcelona forward Neymar turned 24 on Friday.

Two of the greatest football players in the world today, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Júnior, celebrate their birthdays on February 5. The Real Madrid superstar turned 31, while the Brazilian is 7 years younger. The former player of Sporting and Manchester United is already considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, and his numbers speak for itself; 518 goals in 774 career games, and 343 goals in 328 matches for Real Madrid only. Meanwhile, Neymar reached the FIFA Ballon d'Or podium for the first time in his career for his performances in 2015. He finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo and club-mate Lionel Messi, who won the award for a record fifth time.

Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi has more goals than the current poster boy of Brazil when we consider the figures at the age of 24. Cristiano Ronaldo was in his final months at United with that age in 2009, and had scored 132 goals [111 for clubs and 21 for Portugal]. On the other hand, Messi had 197 career goals [180 for Barça and 17 for Argentina] when he was 24. Today, the Argentine maestro has 485 goals in 614 matches. However, aged 24, Neymar has more club goals [209] than what Messi and Cristiano had for club and country at that age. In addition, he has scored 46 goals for the five-time World champions, which takes his tally to 255 as a professional footballer.

 

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<![CDATA[Lucas Silva removed from Marseille's Europa League squad]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79569_lucas_silva_removed_from_marseille_s_europa_league_squad.html 

It has been a year since Lucas Silva's move to Real Madrid, but the Brazilian hasn't had the expected success in European football.
Lucas was loaned out to Marseille by the Spanish club last summer after they activated the option to buy-back Casemiro from FC Porto. On Friday, the Brazilian midfielder saw his name being removed from the list of players of the French team for the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League. In six months in France, Lucas Silva has started just 17 matches. Besides the lacklustre performances, arrival of Florian Thauvin from Newcastle and Steven Fletcher from Sunderland were key in coach Míchel González's decision to cut off the ex-Cruzeiro man from the squad taking part in the continental competition. There were reports in Spain on transfer deadline day linking Lucas Silva with Belgian side Anderlecht, but the board of Marseille apparently vetoed the negotiations. The intention of the French team is to use the young Brazilian in league and cup matches. Lucas' loan deal with Marseille ends on June 30, and it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old has a future at Real Madrid.

It has been a year since Lucas Silva's move to Real Madrid, but the Brazilian hasn't had the expected success in European football.

Lucas was loaned out to Marseille by the Spanish club last summer after they activated the option to buy-back Casemiro from FC Porto. On Friday, the Brazilian midfielder saw his name being removed from the list of players of the French team for the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League. In six months in France, Lucas Silva has started just 17 matches. Besides the lacklustre performances, arrival of Florian Thauvin from Newcastle and Steven Fletcher from Sunderland were key in coach Míchel González's decision to cut off the ex-Cruzeiro man from the squad taking part in the continental competition. There were reports in Spain on transfer deadline day linking Lucas Silva with Belgian side Anderlecht, but the board of Marseille apparently vetoed the negotiations. The intention of the French team is to use the young Brazilian in league and cup matches. Lucas' loan deal with Marseille ends on June 30, and it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old has a future at Real Madrid.

 

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<![CDATA[Jiangsu Suning made offer for Chelsea’s Oscar, according to agent]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79564_jiangsu_suning_made_offer_for_chelsea___s_oscar__according_to_agent.htmlOscar’s agent Giuliano Bertolucci claims that Chinese club Jiangsu Suning made an offer to Chelsea for Brazilian midfielder Oscar during the January transfer window. The Chinese Superleague has flexed its financial muscle during January, snapping up established talent such as Ramires and Alex Teixeira, who himself joined Jiangsu this week.

 

Bertolucci claims that the Chinese club, managed by Dan Petrescu, offered a sum in the region of €75m for the Chelsea playmaker, though the precise figures are not confirmed. However, both Oscar, who netted a hat trick in Chelsea’s 5-1 win over MK Dons at the weekend, and Chelsea flatly rejected the offer.

 

Brazilian players such as Diego Tardelli, Ricardo Goulart, Jádson, Gil and Renato Augusto have all fled Brazil for the riches on offer in China recently. But the league seems to be making a power play for even more established players, with Teixeira and Ramires joining and offers made for the likes of Alexandre Pato and Lucas Lima.

 

The Chinese transfer window ends on 25 February, so expect to see a few more eye raising bids for established players from China in the next few weeks.

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<![CDATA[Atletico Mineiro’s Lucas Pratto maybe the next to move to China]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79563_atletico_mineiro___s_lucas_pratto_maybe_the_next_to_move_to_china.htmlArgentinean striker Lucas Pratto looks as though he will be the next big name to move to the Chinese Superleague in the coming days. Pratto joined Atlético Mineiro from Valez Sarsfield a year ago and scored 13 goals for the Brasileirão runners up in 2015.

 

Galo had resisted two bids from Chinese club Hebei Fortune, who recently bought ex Arsenal winger Gervinho. Atlético are reluctant to lose the Argentine, given the fact that they do not possess another natural striker in their first team squad and having sold defender Jemerson to Monaco earlier this week. Likewise, playmaker Giovanni Augusto left the club this week to join Corinthians.

 

The board of the Belo Horizonte club are said to be asking for €20m for their talisman, given the fact that they kick off their Copa Libertadores campaign in just over a week. Hebei are likely to meet the asking price in the coming days. This would represent a €7m profit on what they paid for Pratto and would also surpass the fee they collected when they sold Bernard to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.

 

Pratto is thought to be Atlético’s highest paid player, but can still expect to earn five times his current salary in China. New coach Diego Aguirre said, “The president (Daniel Nepomuceno) said the player will stay until June. But he said the same about Jemerson and had to sell. But football is like that, there are things we cannot guarantee.

 

“Let's wait and see what happens. We are working hard, with possible options if something happens. Not to stay unprotected and not be surprised," added the Uruguayan coach. Pratto did feature in the photoshoot for the new home shirt, which took place on Thursday and the club are still hopeful of tying him to a new, improved contract.

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<![CDATA[At Monaco, Jemerson hopes to be called up by the Brazilian national team]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79548_at_monaco__jemerson_hopes_to_be_called_up_by_the_brazilian_national_team.html 

Signed by Monaco last week, 23-year-old Brazilian defender Jemerson was presented to the media on Thursday.
The former Atlético Mineiro player believes he can turn out to be a regular name in Dunga's list for the Brazilian national team if he makes an impact in his new team. Jemerson played 109 games for Atlético and was state champion in 2013 and 2015. He won the Recopa Sudamericana in 2014, and also the Copa do Brasil in the same year. His good performances earned him a call up to the Brazilian national team for the World Cup qualifier against Peru when David Luiz was suspended, but he couldn't play. Jemerson said: " I chose Monaco because it is a big European club. A club that reveals several young players. I know the French Championship is observed by the committee of Seleção. I hope to adapt myself and play as often as possible, and the goal is to earn a call up to the national team again."

Signed by Monaco last week, 23-year-old Brazilian defender Jemerson was presented to the media on Thursday.

The former Atlético Mineiro player believes he can turn out to be a regular name in Dunga's list for the Brazilian national team if he makes an impact in his new team. Jemerson played 109 games for Atlético and was state champion in 2013 and 2015. He won the Recopa Sudamericana in 2014, and also the Copa do Brasil in the same year. His good performances earned him a call up to the Brazilian national team for the World Cup qualifier against Peru when David Luiz was suspended, but he couldn't play. Jemerson said: "I chose Monaco because it is a big European club. A club that reveals several young players. I know the French Championship is observed by the committee of Seleção. I hope to adapt myself and play as often as possible, and the goal is to earn a call up to the national team again."

 

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<![CDATA[Monthly salary of over €1 million lured Ramires to Jiangsu Suning]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79547_monthly_salary_of_over____1_million_lured_ramires_to_jiangsu_suning.html 

Brazilian midfielder Ramires played his first game for Jiangsu Suning on Wednesday and scored on his debut in a 2-0 victory over Russian side Anzhi.
The Chinese side paid a transfer fee of €33 million to Chelsea for his services, the player himself confirmed through his press office that the salary offered was too good to reject. According to Globo Esporte, Ramires will earn an annual salary of €13m [£10m] in China. Jiangsu Suning have doubled what Ramires used to earn at Chelsea, and it's over €1m per-month. After the first match in a Jiangsu shirt, Ramires was back in England on Thursday. There, the Brazilian will solve some personal issues and will deal with his shift to China. The official presentation of the player at his new club, however, has no scheduled date. Chinese clubs have broken the Asian transfer record in a matter of days. At the time of the deal, Ramires to Jiangsu was the most expensive transfer in Chinese football history. But in the following days, Guangzhou Evergrande paid €42m to Atlético Madrid for Jackson Martínez and Jiangsu confirmed on Friday the signing of Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar on a €50m deal.

Brazilian midfielder Ramires played his first game for Jiangsu Suning on Wednesday and scored on his debut in a 2-0 victory over Russian side Anzhi.

The Chinese side paid a transfer fee of €33 million to Chelsea for his services, the player himself confirmed through his press office that the salary offered was too good to reject. According to Globo Esporte, Ramires will earn an annual salary of €13m [£10m] in China. Jiangsu Suning have doubled what Ramires used to earn at Chelsea, and it's over €1m per-month. After the first match in a Jiangsu shirt, Ramires was back in England on Thursday. There, the Brazilian will solve some personal issues and will deal with his shift to China. The official presentation of the player at his new club, however, has no scheduled date. Chinese clubs have broken the Asian transfer record in a matter of days. At the time of the deal, Ramires to Jiangsu was the most expensive transfer in Chinese football history. But in the following days, Guangzhou Evergrande paid €42m to Atlético Madrid for Jackson Martínez and Jiangsu confirmed on Friday the signing of Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar on a €50m deal.

 

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<![CDATA[Gabigol starting 2016 on a high]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79546_gabigol_starting_2016_on_a_high.html 

Santos forward Gabriel Barbosa was challenged on Twitter to dance MC Bin Laden's famous song "Tá Tranquilo, Tá Favorável" if he scores against Ponte Preta in the second game of the 2016 Paulistão on Wednesday.
The Vila Belmiro boy scored, and fulfilled his promise as he ran towards the crowd and made the famous "Ronaldinho gesture" as in the song. The joy on the field and on social networks is a reflection of how the 19-year-old has started this year. A major highlight at the club since 2014, Gabigol has evolved every year, and the current season could be even better for the teenager. Santos have played two official games so far this year, and have scored three goals, with two of those coming from Gabigol who also provided the assist for the other. It's not just the numbers that would've pleased the coach Dorival Júnior, as Gabigol is, more than ever, versatile. In the 2-0 win over Ponte Preta, for example, he floated across the pitch and was not just fixed on one side. In the Paulistão opener against São Bernardo, Gabigol scored the equalizer, and was one of the most participatory player of Santos. After the game with Ponte Preta, Gabigol said that the most important is what they achieve collectively, and not individually.
Just like 2014, Gabigol played 56 matches for Santos last year and scored 21 goals. He was the tournament top-scorer in Copa do Brasil for two years in a row, something achieved by just 2 players in history, Romário and Gérson.

Santos forward Gabriel Barbosa was challenged on Twitter to dance MC Bin Laden's famous song "Tá Tranquilo, Tá Favorável" if he scores against Ponte Preta in the second game of the 2016 Paulistão on Wednesday.

The Vila Belmiro boy scored, and fulfilled his promise as he ran towards the crowd and made the famous "Ronaldinho gesture" as in the song. The joy on the field and on social networks is a reflection of how the 19-year-old has started this year. A major highlight at the club since 2014, Gabigol has evolved every year, and the current season could be even better for the teenager. Santos have played two official games so far this year, and have scored three goals, with two of those coming from Gabigol who also provided the assist for the other. It's not just the numbers that would've pleased the coach Dorival Júnior, as Gabigol is, more than ever, versatile. In the 2-0 win over Ponte Preta, for example, he floated across the pitch and was not just fixed on one side. In the Paulistão opener against São Bernardo, Gabigol scored the equalizer, and was one of the most participatory player of Santos. After the game with Ponte Preta, Gabigol said that the most important is what they achieve collectively, and not individually.

Just like 2014, Gabigol played 56 matches for Santos last year and scored 21 goals. He was the tournament top-scorer in Copa do Brasil for two years in a row, something achieved by just 2 players in history, Romário and Gérson.

 

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<![CDATA[Real Betis announce the signing of Leandro Damião]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79545_real_betis_announce_the_signing_of_leandro_damiao.html 

Brazilian striker Leandro Damião, who played for Cruzeiro on loan from Santos last year, has signed a contract with Spanish club Real Betis until June.
Real Betis announced the signing of the 26-year-old on Thursday, and the player posed for pictures alongside club officials. Reports from Spain at the start of the week claimed that Betis had given up on signing the Brazilian striker, after a move would have been vetoed by the club's board, despite Damião arriving in Spain to sign the contract and carry out medical tests. After a legal battle, Santos and Leandro Damião reached an agreement at the end of last week, and the Brazilian side issued an official statement that he's been released to sign for Betis. Ives Grandra Martins Filho, vice-president of the Superior Labour Court, had also informed the Spanish club that they were free to sign Damião.
Betis are currently 14th in the La Liga table with 22 points, and just 2 points separate them from Rayo Vallecano, first team in the relegation zone.

Brazilian striker Leandro Damião, who played for Cruzeiro on loan from Santos last year, has signed a contract with Spanish club Real Betis until June.

Real Betis announced the signing of the 26-year-old on Thursday, and the player posed for pictures alongside club officials. Reports from Spain at the start of the week claimed that Betis had given up on signing the Brazilian striker, after a move would have been vetoed by the club's board, despite Damião arriving in Spain to sign the contract and carry out medical tests. After a legal battle, Santos and Leandro Damião reached an agreement at the end of last week, and the Brazilian side issued an official statement that he's been released to sign for Betis. Ives Grandra Martins Filho, vice-president of the Superior Labour Court, had also informed the Spanish club that they were free to sign Damião.

Betis are currently 14th in the La Liga table with 22 points, and just 2 points separate them from Rayo Vallecano, first team in the relegation zone.

 

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<![CDATA[Official: Shakhtar have sold Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning for €50 million]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79544_official__shakhtar_have_sold_alex_teixeira_to_jiangsu_suning_for____50_million.html 

Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk have officially announced the sale of Brazilian attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning of China.
On Thursday night, Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu had confirmed to ESPN Brasil that they're selling the 26-year-old to China, but an official announcement was pending because of what had happened with Luiz Adriano recently. But on Friday morning, Shakhtar made the deal official through their Twitter account. In 6 years at the club, he played 223 matches, scoring 89 goals and won 13 trophies. Alex Teixeira told the club's website: "To be honest, it all happened so fast that I haven’t even had time to fully realize it. Of course, I'm sad because of leaving in Ukraine many friends and the people I know. I will be missing them a lot. I experienced many happy moments at Shakhtar. I won various trophies and people’s respect alike. Now I'm ready to move to the new goals and discoveries in my life. Maybe someday I will come back, as no one knows their destiny."
He added: "I have received a serious offer from China. Of course, I’m moving there. At this stage, Brazil national team will move away from me a little further. But let's see what happens in the future!"

Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk have officially announced the sale of Brazilian attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning of China.

On Thursday night, Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu had confirmed to ESPN Brasil that they're selling the 26-year-old to China, but an official announcement was pending because of what had happened with Luiz Adriano recently. But on Friday morning, Shakhtar made the deal official through their Twitter account. In 6 years at the club, he played 223 matches, scoring 89 goals and won 13 trophies. Alex Teixeira told the club's website: "To be honest, it all happened so fast that I haven’t even had time to fully realize it. Of course, I'm sad because of leaving in Ukraine many friends and the people I know. I will be missing them a lot. I experienced many happy moments at Shakhtar. I won various trophies and people’s respect alike. Now I'm ready to move to the new goals and discoveries in my life. Maybe someday I will come back, as no one knows their destiny."

He added: "I have received a serious offer from China. Of course, I’m moving there. At this stage, Brazil national team will move away from me a little further. But let's see what happens in the future!"

 

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<![CDATA[Hiidink claims Watford foul play as Chelsea draw with Watford]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79530_hiidink_claims_watford_foul_play_as_chelsea_draw_with_watford.htmlChelsea boss Guus Hiidink was none too pleased with Watford’s tactics, as his side played out a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night. Hiidink believes that the Hornets targeted hot headed striker Diego Costa with a series of off the ball digs that pushed the boundaries of the rules.

Costa has a reputation for bouts of temper and Watford’s Paredes appeared to aim a sly dig into Costa’s back during the first half. The Brazilian born striker was booked for retaliating and Hiidink believes this was a prepared tactic on the home side’s part.


“It was very clear, because we were very close. Paredes punched Diego in the back, and then they stumbled," he said. "This is something they should not do. This is a challenge to try and get Diego sent off. The referee saw it and did not punish his provocation.”


Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, who managed Costa for a year during a stint at Atletico Madrid, played down the incident, “It was nothing. Contact in the Premier League is normal with this type of player. You will have contact in each contest. I understand Costa, I trained him.


“He wants to challenge every time. What happened was nothing special or different from what happens at all stages of the Premier League every week.” Flores and Costa were seen embracing on the pitch at full-time. When pressed on what was said, Flores revealed, “I told him I love him”


“He had a great attitude when we were at Atletico. His character is not bad. For the coach, this personality type can be amazing. I prefer this to the ice man on the field." Brazilian goalkeeper Huerelho Gomes won the man of the match award, after a fine display.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea goalkeeper reminisces on Pato’s Milan days]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79529_chelsea_goalkeeper_reminisces_on_pato___s_milan_days.htmlWhen Alexandre Pato signed for Chelsea last week, he will have been met with a sea of friendly and familiar faces. Chelsea is one of the top destinations for Brazilians in Europe and the ex-Milan striker is already familiar with the likes of Oscar, Diego Costa and Willian.

However, he was also reunited with an old friend from his Milan days. Keeper Marco Amelia, who joined the Blues as a free agent in October, told the Chelsea website, “Pato is my friend. We played three years together in AC Milan and he played very well there.


“The last year he had an injury and went back to Brazil but the past three years he played very well in Brazil and scored lots of goals. Pato can play in different positions, as a no.9 striker, as a no.10, they are the same for him.


“He is a very quick player, a very technical player and good at take-ons. He is a good man and Chelsea is a good chance for him to play in Europe again. In England it is different football because it is very strong but for me he is a good player for England because he has the right mind to play in this country.


“Now we wait because he had finished the season in Brazil and he has started training and maybe he can soon help the team play for wins because Chelsea is a top club and every game it has to play to win.”


Pressed for a favourite memory of his old teammate, Amelia replied, “‘I remember he scored a lot of goals in Italy but I remember one game – a derby against Inter and Pato played very well and scored two goals.


“We didn’t have Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the pitch as he was suspended and Pato played striker no. 9 and played with the team, with a good attitude because it was an important game for winning the league which we did later that season.”

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<![CDATA[Neymar to get wax statue at Madame Tussauds Orlando]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79518_neymar_to_get_wax_statue_at_madame_tussauds_orlando.html 

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar will be included in the wax statue lineup of Madame Tussauds Orlando this spring.
The announcement was made on Wednesday by the player and also by the Madame Toussads museum. Neymar's wax figure will be in the Madame Tussauds museum in Orlando. The Brazilian will meet his replica first in Barcelona this spring and it will then go to the United States, where he will be next to famous figures like Tiger Woods, Shaquille O'Neall, David Beckham, Peyton Manning, Serena Williams, Dan Marino, Muhammad Ali etc. In his replica, Neymar will be dressed in the Brazilian national team's jersey and the pose selected is his celebration after scoring the first goal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Croatia. Neymar said: "It is truly an honor to have such an important moment of my life captured in wax by the amazing team at Madame Tussauds. I cannot wait for my fans all over the world to meet my wax twin in Orlando."

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar will be included in the wax statue lineup of Madame Tussauds Orlando this spring.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by the player and also by the Madame Toussads museum. Neymar's wax figure will be in the Madame Tussauds museum in Orlando. The Brazilian will meet his replica first in Barcelona this spring and it will then go to the United States, where he will be next to famous figures like Tiger Woods, Shaquille O'Neall, David Beckham, Peyton Manning, Serena Williams, Dan Marino, Muhammad Ali etc. In his replica, Neymar will be dressed in the Brazilian national team's jersey and the pose selected is his celebration after scoring the first goal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Croatia. Neymar said: "It is truly an honor to have such an important moment of my life captured in wax by the amazing team at Madame Tussauds. I cannot wait for my fans all over the world to meet my wax twin in Orlando."

 

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<![CDATA[Atlético Mineiro striker Lucas Pratto can go to Héběi Zhōngjī for €15 million]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79517_atletico_mineiro_striker_lucas_pratto_can_go_to_heb__i_zh__ngj___for____15_million.html 

Atlético Mineiro's Argentine striker Lucas Pratto can soon leave the club to go to Chinese football.
According to Superesportes MG, the Brazilian club have received a €15 million bid from Chinese side Héběi Zhōngjī and the amount is too good for them to turn down. Atlético Mineiro find themselves in a situation where it's nearly impossible to reject a proposal like this for the 27-year-old. In recent days, Atlético were offered €13m, but the club did not accept to sell him.
The offer is believed to be from Héběi Zhōngjī, but they haven't had much success in trying to sign players from Brazil this winter. Héběi can add one more foreign player to their squad, and were interested in Anderson and Elias, but negotiations didn't advance. The report reckons the first proposal rejected by Atlético, in the region of €10m, was from Guangzhou Evergrande. 

Atlético Mineiro's Argentine striker Lucas Pratto can soon leave the club to go to Chinese football.

According to Superesportes MG, the Brazilian club have received a €15 million bid from Chinese side Héběi Zhōngjī and the amount is too good for them to turn down. Atlético Mineiro find themselves in a situation where it's nearly impossible to reject a proposal like this for the 27-year-old. In recent days, Atlético were offered €13m, but the club did not accept to sell him.
The offer is believed to be from Héběi Zhōngjī, but they haven't had much success in trying to sign players from Brazil this winter. Héběi can add one more foreign player to their squad, and were interested in Anderson and Elias, but negotiations didn't advance. The report reckons the first proposal rejected by Atlético, in the region of €10m, was from Guangzhou Evergrande.

 

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<![CDATA[Club idol Andrés D'Alessandro leaves Internacional to join River Plate]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79516_club_idol_andres_d_alessandro_leaves_internacional_to_join_river_plate.html 

Eight years after being bought from Spanish side Zaragoza for €5 million, Argentine midfielder Andrés D'Alessandro announced on Wednesday that he's leaving Internacional.
D'Alessandro will be on loan at River Plate, where he started his career. 34-year-old D'Alessandro has won 10 trophies with Internacional, making him the most successful Argentine in the history of Brazilian football. According to the official website of the club, D'Alessandro, who was bought in 2008, has played 340 matches for Internacional, scoring 76 goals. D'Alessandro lifted national and international trophies at Inter, and the most important of all was the 2010 Copa Libertadores, where he had more than a substantial involvement. In addition to this, he has also won the Copa Sul-Americana [2008], Recopa Sul-Americana [2011], Copa Suruga Bank [2009] and six Campeonato Gaúchos [2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015].
During his time in Porto Alegre, D'Alessandro won the prestigious prize for being the best player in América, awarded by Uruguayan newspaper El País in 2010.

Eight years after being bought from Spanish side Zaragoza for €5 million, Argentine midfielder Andrés D'Alessandro announced on Wednesday that he's leaving Internacional.

D'Alessandro will be on loan at River Plate, where he started his career. 34-year-old D'Alessandro has won 10 trophies with Internacional, making him the most successful Argentine in the history of Brazilian football. According to the official website of the club, D'Alessandro, who was bought in 2008, has played 340 matches for Internacional, scoring 76 goals. D'Alessandro lifted national and international trophies at Inter, and the most important of all was the 2010 Copa Libertadores, where he had more than a substantial involvement. In addition to this, he has also won the Copa Sul-Americana [2008], Recopa Sul-Americana [2011], Copa Suruga Bank [2009] and six Campeonato Gaúchos [2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015].
During his time in Porto Alegre, D'Alessandro won the prestigious prize for being the best player in América, awarded by Uruguayan newspaper El País in 2010.

 

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<![CDATA[Shakhtar likely to accept a €50 million offer from China for Alex Teixeira]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79515_shakhtar_likely_to_accept_a____50_million_offer_from_china_for_alex_teixeira.html 

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira, one of the highlights of the 2015/16 European season, can accept a transfer to play in Chinese football.
According to the information from Globo Esporte, the player is analysing the proposal he's received from Jiangsu Sainty, the same team that recently signed Ramires from Chelsea for €32 million. Jiangsu are willing to pay €50 million for the 26-year-old's services, and the amount apparently meets the initial demand of the Ukrainian side. The report states that Shakhtar are expected to accept the proposal. Another team with an interest in Alex Teixeira is Guangzhou Evergrande, coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari. They're also ready to shell out €50m for the Brazilian, and are offering him an annual salary of €10m. Júnior Mendoza, agent of the player, is taking care of the negotiation.
Chelsea and Liverpool showed interest in Alex Teixeira last month, and the player was excited about a possible transfer to the Premier League. He made it clear that he would like to swap Ukraine for England as soon as possible, but Shakhtar had increased their valuation of the attacker from €50m to €70m.

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira, one of the highlights of the 2015/16 European season, can accept a transfer to play in Chinese football.

According to the information from Globo Esporte, the player is analysing the proposal he's received from Jiangsu Sainty, the same team that recently signed Ramires from Chelsea for €32 million. Jiangsu are willing to pay €50 million for the 26-year-old's services, and the amount apparently meets the initial demand of the Ukrainian side. The report states that Shakhtar are expected to accept the proposal. Another team with an interest in Alex Teixeira is Guangzhou Evergrande, coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari. They're also ready to shell out €50m for the Brazilian, and are offering him an annual salary of €10m. Júnior Mendoza, agent of the player, is taking care of the negotiation.

Chelsea and Liverpool showed interest in Alex Teixeira last month, and the player was excited about a possible transfer to the Premier League. He made it clear that he would like to swap Ukraine for England as soon as possible, but Shakhtar had increased their valuation of the attacker from €50m to €70m.

 

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<![CDATA[Ronaldinho turned down an offer from Leicester City]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79514_ronaldinho_turned_down_an_offer_from_leicester_city.html 

In addition to Robinho, Premier League leaders Leicester City had reportedly negotiated with another veteran Brazilian star.
As mentioned in Mundo Deportivo, Leicester City made an approach for former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho, who's currently without a club since leaving Fluminense in the second half of last year. Ronaldinho rejected the offer from England and is now expected to go to Chinese football. According to the publication, Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri himself asked for the arrival of the Barcelona legend, as he intends to sign some experienced players for the final stretch of the season where the team fights for an unprecedented Premier League title. However, the Premier League leader's proposal did not seduce Ronaldinho and he's reportedly close to signing with a Chinese club.
Ronaldinho was in Barcelona for the celebration of 110 years of the newspaper Mundo Deportivo, and then went to the Vatican where he met Pope Francisco.

In addition to Robinho, Premier League leaders Leicester City had reportedly negotiated with another veteran Brazilian star.

As mentioned in Mundo Deportivo, Leicester City made an approach for former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho, who's currently without a club since leaving Fluminense in the second half of last year. Ronaldinho rejected the offer from England and is now expected to go to Chinese football. According to the publication, Leicester coach Claudio Ranieri himself asked for the arrival of the Barcelona legend, as he intends to sign some experienced players for the final stretch of the season where the team fights for an unprecedented Premier League title. However, the Premier League leader's proposal did not seduce Ronaldinho and he's reportedly close to signing with a Chinese club.

Ronaldinho was in Barcelona for the celebration of 110 years of the newspaper Mundo Deportivo, and then went to the Vatican where he met Pope Francisco.

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar wants to renew, but has a much higher offer to leave Barcelona]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79489_neymar_wants_to_renew__but_has_a_much_higher_offer_to_leave_barcelona.html 

Father of Brazilian forward Neymar has revealed that his son has a mega offer to leave Barcelona.
The information was released by Radio Catalunya on Tuesday. The statement was made by Neymar's father during a hearing in Spain's National Court in Madrid. However, he did not disclose the name of club; it is speculated that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in the soon 24-year-old. According to the radio, Neymar Sr. said that his son "just want to renew with Barcelona, ​​despite having a much higher offer" from another team. The interested team were reportedly willing to pay €190 million, which meets Neymar's release clause at Barcelona.
The player's father stood before the judge for two and a half hours on Tuesday, responding to questions about the controversial transfer of his son from Santos in 2013.

Father of Brazilian forward Neymar has revealed that his son has a mega offer to leave Barcelona.

The information was released by Radio Catalunya on Tuesday. The statement was made by Neymar's father during a hearing in Spain's National Court in Madrid. However, he did not disclose the name of club; it is speculated that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in the soon 24-year-old. According to the radio, Neymar Sr. said that his son "just want to renew with Barcelona, ​​despite having a much higher offer" from another team. The interested team were reportedly willing to pay €190 million, which meets Neymar's release clause at Barcelona.

The player's father stood before the judge for two and a half hours on Tuesday, responding to questions about the controversial transfer of his son from Santos in 2013.

 

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<![CDATA[Malcom has his salary quadrupled, gets a spacious house and a new car from Bordeaux]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79488_malcom_has_his_salary_quadrupled__gets_a_spacious_house_and_a_new_car_from_bordeaux.html 

Despite requests from Tite to stay at Corinthians, Malcom was determined to move to Europe, and was presented by French side Bordeaux on Monday.
In the package presented by Bordeaux, besides a salary four times he earned at Corinthians, Malcom will have a spacious house given by the club, and the Oliveira family has decided to move in with the player to France. His mother, stepfather and siblings will move to Europe in the coming weeks. Malcom, 18, who saw his driver's license get suspended in Brazil due to some irregularities, has also received a new car from his new club. Last Saturday, after conducting a party for friends in Sapopemba, Malcom flew to Bordeaux with his agent Fernando Garcia. The trip to Europe was in the private plane of Garcia, and they together followed the team's 4-0 win over Rennes on Sunday. According to UOL Esporte, Fernando Garcia made around €2 million from the player's transfer to Bordeaux, and will keep a 20% share in future negotiations.

Despite requests from Tite to stay at Corinthians, Malcom was determined to move to Europe, and was presented by French side Bordeaux on Monday.

In the package presented by Bordeaux, besides a salary four times he earned at Corinthians, Malcom will have a spacious house given by the club, and the Oliveira family has decided to move in with the player to France. His mother, stepfather and siblings will move to Europe in the coming weeks. Malcom, 18, who saw his driver's license get suspended in Brazil due to some irregularities, has also received a new car from his new club. Last Saturday, after conducting a party for friends in Sapopemba, Malcom flew to Bordeaux with his agent Fernando Garcia. The trip to Europe was in the private plane of Garcia, and they together followed the team's 4-0 win over Rennes on Sunday. According to UOL Esporte, Fernando Garcia made around €2 million from the player's transfer to Bordeaux, and will keep a 20% share in future negotiations.

 

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<![CDATA[Libertad accepts the offer, and Fabián Balbuena is close to being announced by Corinthians]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79487_libertad_accepts_the_offer__and_fabian_balbuena_is_close_to_being_announced_by_corinthians.html 

Corinthians are very close to announcing the signing of central defender Fabián Balbuena from Libertad.
As reported by Globo Esporte, the Paraguayan side have accepted an offer for the defender, but still negotiates the form of payment with Corinthians. The 2015 Brasileirão champions intensified the search to strengthen their defence following the sale of Gil to Shandong Luneng, and will pay €1.4 million for 100% of Balbuena's economic rights. Corinthians director Eduardo Ferreira said: "Between Corinthians and the player, there's a deal. The club accepted our proposal. But we cannot say that it's closed because the form of payment is pending. It was for tomorrow [Wednesday]. It's not signed, there are still some details between the clubs."
Balbuena was runner-up in the 2014 Libertadores with Nacional, and he was also called up by Paraguay for the last edition of the Copa América.

Corinthians are very close to announcing the signing of central defender Fabián Balbuena from Libertad.

As reported by Globo Esporte, the Paraguayan side have accepted an offer for the defender, but still negotiates the form of payment with Corinthians. The 2015 Brasileirão champions intensified the search to strengthen their defence following the sale of Gil to Shandong Luneng, and will pay €1.4 million for 100% of Balbuena's economic rights. Corinthians director Eduardo Ferreira said: "Between Corinthians and the player, there's a deal. The club accepted our proposal. But we cannot say that it's closed because the form of payment is pending. It was for tomorrow [Wednesday]. It's not signed, there are still some details between the clubs."

Balbuena was runner-up in the 2014 Libertadores with Nacional, and he was also called up by Paraguay for the last edition of the Copa América.

 

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<![CDATA[Neymar for the Olympic Games or Copa América; a dilemma for the Brazilian national team]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79486_neymar_for_the_olympic_games_or_copa_america__a_dilemma_for_the_brazilian_national_team.html 

The Brazilian team are facing a dilemma over the participation of captain Neymar in two major competitions in 2016.
Calling up Neymar for the Copa América Centenário [3-26 June in the United States] and the Olympic Games [4-26 August in Rio de Janeiro] can mean an intense schedule for him in a year where he already has to play in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, plus commitments with Barcelona. Globo Esporte contacted Brazil national team's coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi, to know whether their intention is to use Neymar in both of the events. He said: "At first, yes, but let's talk to the players and the clubs. It is a question about the physical part. Soon, Dunga will pass me the three names [over 23 years] he intends to call for the Olympics. Hence, after the World Cup qualifiers in March [25th against Uruguay, and 29th against Paraguay], let's go and contact them personally."
Argentina are also in a similar situation with Lionel Messi, and coach Tata Martino has already announced that the Barcelona star will not come to Rio in August. Neymar admits that one of his major goals this year is to win the unprecedented Olympic Gold for Brazil.

The Brazilian team are facing a dilemma over the participation of captain Neymar in two major competitions in 2016.

Calling up Neymar for the Copa América Centenário [3-26 June in the United States] and the Olympic Games [4-26 August in Rio de Janeiro] can mean an intense schedule for him in a year where he already has to play in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, plus commitments with Barcelona. Globo Esporte contacted Brazil national team's coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi, to know whether their intention is to use Neymar in both of the events. He said: "At first, yes, but let's talk to the players and the clubs. It is a question about the physical part. Soon, Dunga will pass me the three names [over 23 years] he intends to call for the Olympics. Hence, after the World Cup qualifiers in March [25th against Uruguay, and 29th against Paraguay], let's go and contact them personally."

Argentina are also in a similar situation with Lionel Messi, and coach Tata Martino has already announced that the Barcelona star will not come to Rio in August. Neymar admits that one of his major goals this year is to win the unprecedented Olympic Gold for Brazil.

 

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<![CDATA[Guangzhou Evergrande and Jiangsu Sainty willing to pay €50 million for Alex Teixeira]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79485_guangzhou_evergrande_and_jiangsu_sainty_willing_to_pay____50_million_for_alex_teixeira.html 

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira, one of the highlights of the European season, could pursue a career in the Chinese Super League.
According to the information from Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, AFC Champions League winners and Club World Cup semi-finalists Guangzhou Evergrande would be willing to shell out a staggering €50 million to sign Alex Teixeira. The news comes at a point when Guangzhou Evergrande have been linked with a €45m move for Atlético Madrid's Colombian striker Jackson Martínez.
At the same time, CalcioMercato reports that the other team interested in Alex Teixeira is Jiangsu Sainty - also for €50m. Jiangsu have already spent around €32m to lure Ramires from Chelsea this month. Shakhtar had rejected a €36m offer from Liverpool for Teixeira, and club CEO Sergei Palkin asked the interested clubs to trigger the player's €70m release clause to sign him.

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira, one of the highlights of the European season, could pursue a career in the Chinese Super League.

According to the information from Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, AFC Champions League winners and Club World Cup semi-finalists Guangzhou Evergrande would be willing to shell out a staggering €50 million to sign Alex Teixeira. The news comes at a point when Guangzhou Evergrande have been linked with a €45m move for Atlético Madrid's Colombian striker Jackson Martínez.

At the same time, CalcioMercato reports that the other team interested in Alex Teixeira is Jiangsu Sainty - also for €50m. Jiangsu have already spent around €32m to lure Ramires from Chelsea this month. Shakhtar had rejected a €36m offer from Liverpool for Teixeira, and club CEO Sergei Palkin asked the interested clubs to trigger the player's €70m release clause to sign him.

 

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<![CDATA[Fernando says Manchester City are aiming for the quadruple]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79461_fernando_says_manchester_city_are_aiming_for_the_quadruple.htmlManchester City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernando says that his team will be aiming to win all four trophies this season. City are still in all competitions, with a League Cup Final to look forward to, they will face Chelsea in the FA Cup 5th round in February and they play Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League round of 16.

 

Fernando says the aim is to win all four, but admits that City will need to resolve their puzzling away form to stand a chance of pulling off the unique feat, “"Every game in England is very tough but especially away because the opposition always comes in strong from the start," he declared.

 

"The focus for us will be to improve our away performance and come out with a victory.

 

"I haven’t seen a specific difference in terms of the away matches. I think the difference last season was that we weren’t necessarily winning at home as much, whereas this season even though we might not be getting all the points from away matches we’re performing really well at home.

 

"So we need to improve our performance away from home. If we improve our performance away and don’t concede as many goals I think that will help us win the title.

 

"We have a great team and all the players are focused so I do believe we have a chance of winning all four trophies. We have to aim high and work towards that goal. We’ve had a few injuries but have managed to overcome these injuries with players coming off the bench.

 

"The team has a great squad so moving forwards we’ll be able to cope with the injuries with the amazing squad that we have."

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<![CDATA[Malcom officially presented at Bordeaux]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79466_malcom_officially_presented_at_bordeaux.html 

Bordeaux's coach Willy Sagnol said he consulted Palmeiras midfielder Zé Roberto before signing Malcom from Corinthians.
Teenage striker Malcolm, formerly of Corinthians where he won the 2015 Brazilian Championship, was presented on Monday at his new club Bordeaux. The player spoke about his eagerness to play in the French team. He said: "I feel in great shape, and I am eager to start training and play. Many Brazilian players have had their growth here. Bordeaux is a great club."
During the interview, Willy Sagnol, coach of the French side, revealed his conversation with former Brazilian international and current Palmeiras midfielder Zé Roberto, with whom he played together at Bayern Munich. He said: "We have purchased 100% of the rights of Malcom, and we have no doubts about this signing. I contacted Ze Roberto, who made compliments."
Malcom was the sixth member from Corinthians' starting XI to leave in January after they won the Brasileirão title last season. Renato Augusto, Jádson, Ralf and Gil was sold to China, while attackers Vágner Love and Malcom went to France.

Bordeaux's coach Willy Sagnol said he consulted Palmeiras midfielder Zé Roberto before signing Malcom from Corinthians.

Teenage striker Malcolm, formerly of Corinthians where he won the 2015 Brazilian Championship, was presented on Monday at his new club Bordeaux. The player spoke about his eagerness to play in the French team. He said: "I feel in great shape, and I am eager to start training and play. Many Brazilian players have had their growth here. Bordeaux is a great club."

During the interview, Willy Sagnol, coach of the French side, revealed his conversation with former Brazilian international and current Palmeiras midfielder Zé Roberto, with whom he played together at Bayern Munich. He said: "We have purchased 100% of the rights of Malcom, and we have no doubts about this signing. I contacted Ze Roberto, who made compliments."

Malcom was the sixth member from Corinthians' starting XI to leave in January after they won the Brasileirão title last season. Renato Augusto, Jádson, Ralf and Gil was sold to China, while attackers Vágner Love and Malcom went to France.

 

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<![CDATA[Santos have sold 18-year-old Caio Henrique to Atlético Madrid]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79465_santos_have_sold_18-year-old_caio_henrique_to_atletico_madrid.html 

One of the best talents of the youth system at Santos, midfielder Caio Henrique has left the Vila Belmiro club without playing a single game for the professional team.
The player, who had a contract at Santos until July this year, has reached a deal with Atlético Madrid. According to UOL Esporte, the 18-year-old was close to leaving Santos in 2015, but the negotiations with Valencia, also from Spain, did not materialize. It's believed that Jorge Mendes and Deco were responsible for taking the teenager to Atlético Madrid. Caio Henrique, who played in the last Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior, said goodbye to the club he joined aged 10, through social network. He said: "It's a different and difficult moment for me. Today I want to thank Santos FC and say goodbye to this institution that opened the doors for me. I came here very young, devoted eight years of my life and I thank God for giving me the privilege of wearing the shirt of Santos."
Santos did not disclose how much they profited from selling the player, but have confirmed that they'll keep 5% rights of Caio in a future negotiation.

One of the best talents of the youth system at Santos, midfielder Caio Henrique has left the Vila Belmiro club without playing a single game for the professional team.

The player, who had a contract at Santos until July this year, has reached a deal with Atlético Madrid. According to UOL Esporte, the 18-year-old was close to leaving Santos in 2015, but the negotiations with Valencia, also from Spain, did not materialize. It's believed that Jorge Mendes and Deco were responsible for taking the teenager to Atlético Madrid. Caio Henrique, who played in the last Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior, said goodbye to the club he joined aged 10, through social network. He said: "It's a different and difficult moment for me. Today I want to thank Santos FC and say goodbye to this institution that opened the doors for me. I came here very young, devoted eight years of my life and I thank God for giving me the privilege of wearing the shirt of Santos."

Santos did not disclose how much they profited from selling the player, but have confirmed that they'll keep 5% rights of Caio in a future negotiation.

 

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<![CDATA[Real Betis Council vetoes signing Leandro Damião, despite the player arriving to Spain]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79464_real_betis_council_vetoes_signing_leandro_damiao__despite_the_player_arriving_to_spain.html 

Brazilian striker Leandro Damião is still without a club, as his transfer to La Liga side Real Betis is now stuck.
According to the newspaper MARCA, the Administrative Council of the Spanish club vetoed the arrival of the player who has already reached terms with the sporting director of the club, Eduardo Macia. The meeting of directors was held on Monday, but the decision turned out to be against the signing. Damião had agreed terms with Betis, and the Brazilian even travelled to Spain to complete his move. The transfer of Damião was only possible after an agreement between the player and Santos, and the club agreed to release him to Betis for 18 months.
Although the transfer window in Spain has ended, the report states that there is still a small possibility of Damião wearing the Betis shirt, as the striker is not linked to another club and could sign after the deadline. However, to add the Brazilian into their squad, the Betis football management must convince the Administrative Council that this it's a good business to sign the 26-year-old striker.

Brazilian striker Leandro Damião is still without a club, as his transfer to La Liga side Real Betis is now stuck.

According to the newspaper MARCA, the Administrative Council of the Spanish club vetoed the arrival of the player who has already reached terms with the sporting director of the club, Eduardo Macia. The meeting of directors was held on Monday, but the decision turned out to be against the signing. Damião had agreed terms with Betis, and the Brazilian even travelled to Spain to complete his move. The transfer of Damião was only possible after an agreement between the player and Santos, and the club agreed to release him to Betis for 18 months.
Although the transfer window in Spain has ended, the report states that there is still a small possibility of Damião wearing the Betis shirt, as the striker is not linked to another club and could sign after the deadline. However, to add the Brazilian into their squad, the Betis football management must convince the Administrative Council that this it's a good business to sign the 26-year-old striker.

 

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<![CDATA[Ronaldinho: 'Neymar is in the best team in the world, playing with the best in the world']]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79463_ronaldinho___neymar_is_in_the_best_team_in_the_world__playing_with_the_best_in_the_world_.html 

Brazil and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has once again claimed that Neymar will become the best footballer in the world.
In an interview published by the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Monday, Ronaldinho hailed Lionel Messi as "the best player of his time" and believes that Neymar can follow his footsteps. Ronaldinho also discussed speculations linking the 23-year-old with Barça's rivals Real Madrid. He said: "Messi is the best of his time, just like Pelé, Maradona and Ronaldo once were. He's making history, and Neymar is on his way. Hopefully he gets to be the best in the world, I think he will. Neymar is in the best team in the world, playing with the best in the world. I do not believe that he'd go to Real Madrid. Neymar is a phenomenon. It's a joy that another Brazilian is enjoying at Barcelona like I did. So I expect him to stay many years in the team, where he will grow a lot."
When asked about the legal problems faced by Neymar, he added: "Hopefully Neymar's head is focused only on football. Other people can solve these issues."

Brazil and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has once again claimed that Neymar will become the best footballer in the world.

In an interview published by the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Monday, Ronaldinho hailed Lionel Messi as "the best player of his time" and believes that Neymar can follow his footsteps. Ronaldinho also discussed speculations linking the 23-year-old with Barça's rivals Real Madrid. He said: "Messi is the best of his time, just like Pelé, Maradona and Ronaldo once were. He's making history, and Neymar is on his way. Hopefully he gets to be the best in the world, I think he will. Neymar is in the best team in the world, playing with the best in the world. I do not believe that he'd go to Real Madrid. Neymar is a phenomenon. It's a joy that another Brazilian is enjoying at Barcelona like I did. So I expect him to stay many years in the team, where he will grow a lot."

When asked about the legal problems faced by Neymar, he added: "Hopefully Neymar's head is focused only on football. Other people can solve these issues."

 

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<![CDATA[Paraguayan defender Fabián Balbuena close to Corinthians]]>http://www.sambafoot.com/en/news/79462_paraguayan_defender_fabian_balbuena_close_to_corinthians.html 

After strengthening their offensive sector with the likes of Marlone, Giovanni Augusto and André, Corinthians can soon confirm the signing of a defender.
According to Globo Esporte, Fabián Balbuena of Paraguayan side Libertad is waiting for a response from Corinthians this Tuesday after talks advanced in recent days. Following Gil's transfer to Chinese club Shandong Luneng, Corinthians had intensified the search for a new defender. And Fabián Balbuena, Libertadores runner-up in 2014 with Nacional, caught the attention of club coach Tite. Corinthians board ensures that there are three names in sight, but Balbuena was the only one confirmed. Felipe and Yago started in the Paulistão fixture against XV de Piracicaba on Sunday. Club director Eduardo Ferreira said: "We are observing some defenders, and Balbuena is one of the names. We are analyzing the options calmly, because we trust enough in the defenders we have in the squad."
Last week, Balbuena's agent Renato Bittar said in an interview with Rádio AM 1080 that Corinthians had sent an offer for the player. He also said that the settlement could be completed by Tuesday, with the purchase of 100% of the economic rights of the 24-year-old.

After strengthening their offensive sector with the likes of Marlone, Giovanni Augusto and André, Corinthians can soon confirm the signing of a defender.

According to Globo Esporte, Fabián Balbuena of Paraguayan side Libertad is waiting for a response from Corinthians this Tuesday after talks advanced in recent days. Following Gil's transfer to Chinese club Shandong Luneng, Corinthians had intensified the search for a new defender. And Fabián Balbuena, Libertadores runner-up in 2014 with Nacional, caught the attention of club coach Tite. Corinthians board ensures that there are three names in sight, but Balbuena was the only one confirmed. Felipe and Yago started in the Paulistão fixture against XV de Piracicaba on Sunday. Club director Eduardo Ferreira said: "We are observing some defenders, and Balbuena is one of the names. We are analyzing the options calmly, because we trust enough in the defenders we have in the squad."

Last week, Balbuena's agent Renato Bittar said in an interview with Rádio AM 1080 that Corinthians had sent an offer for the player. He also said that the settlement could be completed by Tuesday, with the purchase of 100% of the economic rights of the 24-year-old.

 

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