5 Brazilians European Clubs Should Look at in Final Weeks of Transfer Window
With just a few weeks left of the transfer window, the chance to secure many of Brazilian football's leading lights has passed, and instead clubs must be more picky in who they attempt to make a late move for.
Besides the five players we picked out last week as potentially being bound for Europe this month, here Bleacher Report takes a look at those whose situation may just allow for a late move.
Time is of the essence, as replacements will need to be found before the Brazilian window closes, but there is still time to get a transfer across the line.
Who, then, should clubs be looking at as possible August signings?
Everton Ribeiro has been linked with a number of European sides over the past year and continues to impress with table-topping reigning champions Cruzeiro.
A lively left-footed attacking midfielder, WhoScored.com statistics show he creates an impressive 2.7 goalscoring opportunities per game, leading to a tally of five assists from 11 league matches thus far this season.
Cruzeiro's form fluctuates with that of their little playmaker, and they will be reluctant to part with him as their title push continues. He is, though, well-worthy of a closer look.
Botafogo's financial issues are well-documented, and it is telling that the two players to receive some of the wages they owed were Doria and Gabriel, the only players of real value.
A 22-year-old defensive midfielder, Gabriel is a combative presence ahead of the back four, whose main responsibility is to break up play and trigger attacks for his team.
Comfortable on the ball, his distribution is also strong, and much of the side's buildup play travels through him at some point. He is available and potentially well-suited to a club who can afford to develop a young midfielder.
Atletico Paranaense's 22-year-old forward, Marcelo, has not quite hit the heights of 2013 thus far this year, but he remains one of his side's most potent weapons.
With pace to burn, decent technique and an eye for goal, he is capable of playing either as part of a front two or from wide on the right in a three-man attack. Such versatility will be a great asset when he does eventually move.
With his club looking unlikely to repeat its Copa Libertadores qualification this year, he could well be allowed to leave if an appropriate offer comes in and represents a decent investment given his age and improvement over the past two or three seasons.
Another Atletico Paranaense player who is unlikely to remain in Curitiba past the end of the current campaign is Natanael, who has been a revelation since signing from Serie C side Cuiaba in the off-season.
One of the best performers in his position this campaign, the left wing-back has both been solid in his defensive work and a real offensive weapon—providing five assists in 13 games, per WhoScored.com.
Atletico are a side rarely able to keep hold of their breakthrough talents, and any European side looking for an attack-minded full-back would be well-advised to take a look at the 23-year-old.
Another who has racked up five assists this campaign, versatile forward Osvaldo has been a recent casualty of Sao Paulo's aggressive purchasing strategy that sees the club blessed with numerous forward talents.
Given he is currently outside the starting line-up, the 27-year-old would doubtless be keen on a move, while Sao Paulo would gratefully accept any money following their significant outlays.
For any side needing a left-sided forward or a second striker and aiming for a Europa League-level finish, he could be just the man for the job.