Brazilians cause a stir in Europe as transfer window closes
Several Brazilian players were amongst the biggest buys of the summer, as the 2013 European transfer window slammed shut yesterday.
Brazilian footballers were in demand throughout the summer, as European clubs battled it out for some of the top talent from the nation.
Neymar was the most high profile of the Brazilian signings, as the former Santos superstar completed his long awaited move to Barcelona for a fee of around £50m.
Next in the list of the most costly Brazilians were Fernandinho and Willian, who both made moves from Eastern Europe to the English Premier League. Fernandinho joined Manchester City from Shakhtar, whilst Willian went to Chelsea as part of Anzhi Makhachkala’s fire sale.
At just 19, Marquinhos was one of the younger players to move clubs for big money, as the centre back joined PSG from Roma for a fee of around £27m.
Several players made the move straight from Brazil to Europe. Wide forward Bernard decided to join the Brazilian contingent at Shakhtar Donetsk for £22m, but not before winning the Copa Libertadores with Atlético Mineiro.
Midfielder Paulinho moved from World Champions Corinthians to Tottenham for £17.5m, whilst young attacking midfielder Fred arrived at Shakhtar Donetsk from Internacional.
All these players will be hoping to settle in at their new clubs and make an impact on the first team. If they fail to perform at their new clubs, it could mean missing out on a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in the World Cup on home soil.