Last April saw a very talented young Brazilian reveal some very interesting facts about apparent interest in his services from England.
The attacking midfielder, regarded as one of the top talents in all of Brazil, was being linked with plenty of moves abroad including to the Premier League.
One team confirmed interested were Manchester United - with the player himself admitting he had been approached by The Red Devils:
“Man United did talk to me and showed interest. But I was not interested in moving at that point. Let's see if something adequate comes up in the future. I don't think about going to Europe so quickly, things need to be done step by step.”
United were not the only interested party in the Premier League looking at snapping up Adryan. Chelsea were also said to be keen on his services in 2012, as were Real Madrid - but he instead decided to reject the offers in order to sign a new deal at Flamengo.
Now however he is finally on the move from Brazilian football - but to a perhaps rather less illustrious destination.
Just shy of two years after he almost went to Manchester United he has signed for Italian outfit Cagliari.
Speaking about the move, the 19-year-old’s agent stated:
“The offer was made in the right way by the Italian club. The paperwork is now in the hands of Flamengo officials. Everything has been agreed and we are just waiting for an official announcement.”
The Serie A side are not exactly the type of team you expect to sign a player once dubbed Brazil’s hottest talent.
But in the past season he was not a regular in the team - playing just 450 odd minutes for the side and struggling to break into the first team.
If anything this is actually a very good career choice from the player.
He is likely to get more first-team football at the club than he would in the Premier League - and in Serie A he will be playing at a high standard - but perhaps below the level of the Premier League or La Liga.
And we are sure United and Chelsea will continue to monitor his development.
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