Striker Paulinho is a concrete target for Atlético-MG in the transfer market for 2023. The player, revealed in Vasco, is in the final stretch of passage through Bayer Leverkusen-ALE, was seduced by the Galo project and tends to be a reinforcement when the contract at the German club ends in June.
Galo and Paulinho do not comment on market situations. O ge found out with a source, however, that there are contacts between the parties, but without any agreement for now, even to respect the deadline stipulated by FIFA for pre-contracts. But the 22-year-old is currently on Atletico’s radar.
Paulinho will be able to sign a pre-contract with any team in the world from January 1st, when he will have only six months to go with the German club. Over there, he has been little used this season, and should not be renewed. There were only two (incomplete) games in the current 2022/23 season. He even returned to paint on the bench this Friday, in the match against Bayern Munich, in the Bundesliga.
Paulinho, striker for Bayer Leverkusen — Photo: Reproduction
For Atlético, it would be the best of all worlds. The club would not need to spend money on buying economic rights from another club, it would present a robust job offer in terms of salaries, image rights and bonuses, and it would still have a young striker with experience in European football.
Earlier this year, Galo made a similar and successful maneuver, which could become a model in the case of Paulinho (with no guarantee of success, of course). When he signed Otávio, Atlético closed the pre-contract in January, notified Bordeaux, and got a six-month loan before the definitive contract, relieving the midfielder’s salaries for the French club.
The news that Paulinho is on his way to becoming free in the market next year has attracted many interests from Brazil. Vasco himself even put the player on the agenda, even more so with the presence of 777. Flamengo also probed, but, even because of the player’s connection with the Cruz de Malta club, Rubro-Negro seems a distant competitor.
Recently, Paulinho even talked about his situation at Bayer Leverkusen. During the break of the game against Hertha Berlin, on September 10, the striker was not named, and he posted a video training the physical part. The newspaper “Bild” wrote that the act would be a provocation. Paulinho countered and said:
“Bayer had the option of exchanging me for financial rights and chose to keep me here and pay my salary. I will prepare and support my teammates as usual”
“Bora de Brasileirão! The biggest offer of games for a price that gives game. Sign the Premiere!”
– The reality is that I signed a five-year contract, I am finishing the fourth. In principle, there is no renewal, but we have to analyze the most bureaucratic issues. I’ve been asked many times, I’m open to what’s best for me. I have a lot to grow, to evolve, Brazilian and European football are very good markets – said the striker, recently, to “Bem, Amigos”.
Paulinho was sold by Vasco to Bayer in the second half of 2018, when he reached the age of majority. The transfer values were R$ 18.5 million euros (R$ 76 million at the time). In Germany, he had good numbers last season – 24 games, with 4 goals and 2 assists in the Bundesliga, as well as 6 games and 1 assist in the Europa League.
Paulinho visits São Januário and wears the shirt of the former club in Vasco x Brusque — Photo: André Durão
Prodigy (and against the Rooster)
Paulinho gave his business cards to Brazilian football in 2017. He was a 17-year-old who painted in Vasco’s first team. In the duel against Atlético on July 23, 2017, he scored the first two goals as a professional in Vasco’s 2-1 victory. He became the youngest player to score for Vasco in the 21st century, surpassing Coutinho.
Interestingly, Atlético was also one of the first opponents of Roberto Dinamite, Vasco’s top scorer and idol, who also debuted at the age of 17 in 1971, the year in which Galo was Brazilian champion for the first time.
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Galo na Veia – Atlético-MG Membership Program — Photo: Disclosure