In the good old days it was quite a simple process. You saw a Brazilian footballer you wanted and simply went and offered his club a small amount of money and he was yours. Done.
That was how it used to be.
Now don’t get me wrong there is little doubt that Brazil still imports more footballers than anybody else. Currently 1154 players from the South American country ply their trade abroad in a total of 141 professional leagues from Portugal, Ukraine and Italy to more remote locations such as Belarus, Iran and Azerbaijan. If you want to compare that to a similarly popular importing nation then Argentina have just 586 players abroad; just over half compared to Brazil.
So there is still a big market in signing players from Brazilian clubs but when it comes to some of the bigger names in the country it seems things are starting to get a little more difficult.
At first it started with players going back out to Brazil while still in good shape. Robinho, Ronaldinho, Fred, Alexandre Pato and Elano spring to mind as immediate examples.
But then it got even more difficult when players simply refused to leave Brazil entirely.
But when sought after players decide to swap from one Brazilian side to another rather than make the move to Europe is when questions need to be asked.
It started last summer when Ganso decided to join Sao Paulo from Santos rather than move to Europe among interest from Arsenal, Valencia and Tottenham.
Now another top Brazilian talent has followed suit.
Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with Vasco de Gama defender Dede in recent months but he now looks set to join Corinthians:
"We'll have more news within the next days. The investors [that own a percentage of Dede's rights] have good relations with Corinthians and that may help. But there is still some distance before the deal can be made official."
Those were the words of his own agent and respected South American representative Sabatino Durante mirrored such sentiment:
“Forget about it, the player has chosen to join Corinthians,” he told Radio Marte. “The negotiations for that transfer are at a good point.’’
With the World Cup coming up in Brazil next year and the Olympics in 2016 the country is going through something of a sporting revolution and money is also there for the first time.
Many businesses invest in player rights and it is in their interest to keep their commodities in the country until at least the World Cup.
But the overwhelming reasoning behind this decision to suddenly start staying in their home country revolves around a want to play for the national team.
By playing in Brazil they keep themselves open for selection and are more prominent to the management and Brazilian press in order to put their two cents in for Selecao selection.
Simply put the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side anymore; and with that in mind many Brazilian’s are deciding to stay put.
image: © Ronnie Macdonald