From Palmeiras to Sevilla for €2 million
When Sevilla announced that they had signed right-back Cicinho, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) incorrectly reported that the Spanish club had signed former Real Madrid and Roma full-back Cicinho.
At the time, I had marked the signing as the worst transfer of the summer because Cicinho was infamous for his unprofessional behaviour, he was in steep decline and his defending in recent memory was calamitous.
It was a very un-Sevilla-like signing because they generally always make pragmatic transfer decisions.
But it became clear that Sevilla didn't sign the fading Cicinho; instead they had purchased the Cicinho who last played for Palmeiras.
He covers the ground very fast, contributes going forward, he's strong in the tackle and reads the game well enough to intercept through balls.
These are all characteristics Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Adriano and Martín Cáceres displayed when they played for Sevilla.
Two of Sevilla's next three games are against Barcelona and Real Madrid, so it will be interesting to see if Cicinho is the real deal. Even if he's terrible, give him the benefit of the doubt, because this is his first season in Europe.