Brazilian Fred Moves to Napoli

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJune 19, 2010

MUNICH, GERMANY - JUNE 18:  Fred of Brazil celebrates after scoring the second goal of the game during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Group F match between Brazil and  Australia at the Stadium Munich on June 18, 2006 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Serie ‘A’ side SSC Napoli have signed Brazilian international striker Fred from Fluminense for a reported seven million Euros.

Fred, who is returning to Europe after having a successful four seasons at French side Lyon, is looking forward to a move back to the continent.

"I am very happy to return to Europe.  I have fond memories from Lyon where I enjoyed my football, Napoli is a great place and one of my heroes Careca played there.  I hope to be decent like him and score many goals.”

"I am still only 26, so I am sure about scoring goals in the Italian league".

Napoli will be looking for Fred to keep his incredible goal scoring record going so that they improve on last season’s respectable sixth place finish.

Striker Fred has scored 137 goals in 237 career league appearances in both Brazil and Ligue 1 in France.  Even with this impressive record Fred has failed to make this year’s Brazilian world cup squad – which he made back in Germany 2006.

He also has an impressive but short international career with nine caps and scoring four goals – including one against Australia at the last World Cup.

Looking forward to next season it is likely that Fred will strike up a partnership with Italian striker, Fabio Quagliarella – which should be interesting to see.