Neymar may have stolen the summer headlines this summer, but the Brazilian’s move to PSG was not the best of a busy bunch in the transfer window
It has been a very busy transfer market involving European clubs and Brazilian players. Some key members of Brazil’s national team’s moves could affect their chances in World Cup season, whereas those of others may be essential in their development in the hope of making it to the Seleção one day. Here are our top 10:
#10 – Richarlison (Fluminense to Watford)
The transition from the Brazilian league to England is usually tough for young South Americans, as it is a very physically demanding competition. Richarlison made a very audacious decision in completing his transfer to Watford and the 20-year old attacker has rather showed good signs in his first three games.
#9 – Thiago Maia (Santos to Lille)
Thiago Maia is one of the most technically-gifted rising Brazilian midfielders. He was involved in the Olympic games of Rio 2016, and helped Brazil claim gold. He could take time to express his full potential in France, but working with Marcelo Bielsa will certainly help the 20-year-old improve as a footballer.
#8 – Danilo (Real Madrid to Manchester City)
Danilo was already playing at a huge club in Spain, and was helpful in winning the Champions League alongside La Liga last season. However, he never really convinced Madrid fans. But with a new chance to play under Pep Guardiola’s commands, the former Porto star needs to redeem himself in order to have a shot at Brazil’s open right-back spot for Russia.
#7 – Dani Alves (Juventus to PSG)
Dani Alves is considered one of the finest fullbacks of his generation, and after winning the Italian league with Juventus, the veteran has opted to experience life in Ligue Un, where he joins a large Brazilian contingent with perhaps one last shot to add another Champions League title to his glorious record.
#6 – Ederson (Benfica to Manchester City)
Alisson is considered the number one option in Tite’s World Cup plans, however the goalkeeper was benched at AS Roma last season. Despite becoming their first choice with Szczesny’s departure, Brazil would be better off with having a plan B. Ederson will have the chance to be involved in the Premier League and the Champions League, with an opportunity to prove himself.
#5 – Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich to Juventus)
Douglas Costa was quick to adapt to life in Germany and had an excellent first season with Guardiola, before falling in Carlo Ancelotti’s pecking order. Injuries were perhaps one of the main reasons for his decline, but now with a new chance to prove himself at Juventus, the flying winger is back in business.
#4 – Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande to FC Barcelona)
Whether people want it or not, Paulinho is a starter in Tite’s Brazil side, and everything hints that he will be kept for the World Cup. Making the swap from China to Spain is no doubt a big step forward for the midfield engine. Training every day at Barcelona, with higher intensity, should help him improve himself, which would be helpful for the national team,
#3 – Neymar (FC Barcelona to PSG)
Neymar is the best Brazilian footballer playing today and top three in the world. However, he will be seeking a new challenge at PSG where he is expected to guide his own team as the main man in the Champions League. It will be extremely difficult to lift the French-capital side from quarter-finalists, to champions in Europe’s elite competition. But this is the beauty of challenging yourself and trying something new.
#2 – Andreas Pereira (Manchester United to Valencia)
Andreas Pereira has shown everyone in pre-season how talented he can be, but it did not seem that José Mourinho was willing to trust him in official games. The evidence of dropping him from the whole squad in United’s first five fixtures was perhaps more than enough in order to lure the midfielder away in the hunt of game-time. Last season, he impressed in his loan spell at Granada, but this time he will be playing for a bigger Spanish side.
#1 – Gabigol (Internazionale to Benfica)
Gabigol was one of the biggest talents in Brazil, before his departure from Santos to Internazionale. The Italians never gave him a chance to prove himself, so it is fair to say that the 21-year old’s European adventure begins now. The Portuguese league is an excellent environment for his development. Let’s see whether he will prove to be worth the hype initially labeled to him, as his nickname suggests.