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Picking 5 Brazilians Who Will Come to Europe in Summer Transfer Window

Christopher AtkinsContributor IAugust 8, 2014

Picking 5 Brazilians Who Will Come to Europe in Summer Transfer Window

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    Just a few weeks remain of the transfer window, which closes on 31 August, and the opportunity to bring players across from Brazil is rapidly diminishing, particularly now the end of the Brazilian transfer window is rapidly approaching.

    However, despite the difficulties, there will still be players hoping for a move and, for some, it is a realistic proposition.

    Brazilian players play an important role in European competition year after year, and clubs are always on the lookout for the next breakthrough star.

    Who, then, are the players most likely to make a late switch?

Dede (Cruzeiro)

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    Cruzeiro broke with all footballing conventions over how to manage player sales by effectively offering Dede for transfer on their official website (Portuguese) last month if any side should meet their €15 million asking price.

    With replacement Manoel already secured, Dede’s inevitable move to Europe looks set to finally come to pass—if A Raposa can convince anybody that he is worth the sum of money they expect.

    The former Vasco player has done well in his time in Belo Horizonte, but his reputation still remains short of his 2011 prime. Will any side deem him a risk worth taking?

Denilson (Sao Paulo)

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    Former Arsenal midfielder Denilson was this week the subject of a failed £4 million bid from Portuguese side Benfica, per Marcelo Prado of Globo Esporte (Portuguese), despite having fallen out of the Sao Paulo first team.

    Benfica are in desperate need of reinforcements, following a summer in which they have lost a number of major players, and Denilson represents a reasonable squad option.

    If the Portuguese side are looking for a player to improve their first team, however, the former Brazil youth captain is unlikely to be the man for the job.

Ademilson (Sao Paulo)

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    Another who has seen European bids fall short of Sao Paulo’s expectations this week is striker Ademilson, star of the Under-17 World Cup in 2011.

    While team-mates Marquinhos and Lucas Piazon have gone on to begin impressive careers in Europe, the forward has thus far failed to fully hit his stride at senior level—even if his performances have been largely serviceable.

    The offer from Italy of R$12 million, as reported by Terra (Portuguese), may not have been enough on this occasion, but there is still time for Ademilson to potentially see a move to Europe come to pass.

Doria (Botafogo)

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    Botafogo are encountering well-documented serious financial issues and have few assets of real market value. Brazil under-20 defender Doria is one such player.

    While his form has not been great this season, the powerful left-footer has previously been on the radar of several European giants and will hope that his club’s financial reality means any reasonable offer will be accepted.

    All is quiet for the time being, but a late transfer is far from an unrealistic proposition.

Lucas Evangelista (Desportivo Brasil)

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    One player almost certainly bound for Europe this month is former Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Evangelista, following the end of his loan spell with the club.

    Owned by player agency Traffic through their Desportivo Brasil development side, the under-20 international has been linked with Hellas Verona in recent weeks, per Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t Sambafoot).

    Despite never having played in Europe previously, his name could well be familiar to many as one of the Desportivo players once linked with Manchester United.

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