News came out this morning that the long lasting negotiations between Lazio and São Paulo FC for midfielder Hernanes has reached an end. Brazilian newspaper "O Estado de São Paulo" announced this morning that the deal was finalized and the Brazilian will join the Serie A squad as soon as his teams run in the Copa Libertadores is finished (may be this week).
Hernanes is somewhat the forgotten man in Brazil. For the past few years, he has been the best player locally and has even received and refused offers from giants such as Barcelona and AC Milan.
He led São Paulo to the 2007 and 2008 Brazilian domestic titles, bringing home the award for best player in 2008. According to the English paper “The Times,” Hernanes is considered the biggest promise in world football (as of January 2009).
Hernanes has a rocket for a right foot and a more than solid left footed strike, which basically opens him up to play on any part of the field.
Lazio appears to have lucked out in signing Hernanes, he has the talent to play for any of the world's top teams. The value reported is at €13.5 million, just under the previously reported offer of €14 million to which one of São Paulos directors scoffed saying "If it really was 14 he would have been sold long ago. The value was really much lower."
I don't know if half a million is "much lower", but in Brazil it will go a long way.
Don't expect Hernanes to be at Lazio much longer, he is talented enough to be snagged by a title contender very soon.