Is Dentinho good enough for Arsenal or Manchester United?

June 26, 2009 at 15:00 24 comments

Dentinho - not just a pretty face

Dentinho - not just a pretty face

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According to Dentinho’s agent, Ferhat Ciftci, the forward has his sights set on a move to England. “He wants to play in the Premier League,” Ciftci said. “It doesn’t make a difference if it is Arsenal or Manchester United”.

For obvious reasons, fans of the two teams may not agree. But the big question is does Dentinho have it in him to make it in England? And if he did come, where would he fit in better: Arsenal or United?

There’s no doubt that Dentinho has plenty of ability. Now in his third season as a professional, he’s also starting to demonstrate a greater degree of confidence on the ball and a willingness to run at the opposition.

Dentinho’s positional play has also improved and he’s popped up with some useful goals for Corinthians. While his scoring record this year has been nothing to write home about – just five (2 in the Campeonato Paulista and 3 in the Copa do Brasil) – he did put away 14 for Corinthians in their Série B campaign in 2008.

Dentinho’s lack of height and weight might count against him if he did make it to the Premier league. This, though, may not put off United or Arsenal who have already brought in ‘small’ players such as Nani and Cesc Fábregas.

But while Dentinho has got the makings of something special, he has yet to become a consistent performer and his scoring rate needs to improve.

For now, it might be better for the Premier League clubs to watch and wait to see how Dentinho develops over the next year, rather than splashing out big money for a player who might not quite be ready for the rigours of English football.

Is Dentinho good enough for Arsenal or Manchester United? Judge for yourself by watching him in action here here here

Perhaps his best goal – in the Pacaembu vs Vitória 23 July 2009 the day after Lulinha left for Estoril

You can see Dentinho and Corinthians vs Atlético Paranaense 27th July 2009 – click here for more details

Dentinho fact file

Full name: Bruno Ferreira Bonfim

Position: forward

Date of birth: 19/01/89 – 20

Height: 1.75m

Weight: 67kilos

Appearances: 104

Goals: 31

Clubs: Corinthians


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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. george  |  June 26, 2009 at 16:27

    im an arsenal fan i hope that arsenal sign dentinho i think sign him now because if he gets better they will just ask for more

  • 2. dapo  |  June 27, 2009 at 03:58

    sign him to replace who? i dont think we need anoda upcoming star

  • 3. KM in WALES  |  June 27, 2009 at 06:44

    as an arsenal fan i’d love to have an exciting player like Dentinho at the Emirates,but we’v got an overload of strikers already…. Eddy, Rvp,Bendtner,Vela,Arshavin & Walcott. Also we’d to have to loan him to Salamanca as we did with Pedro for 3yrs(?).would Dentinho accept that?

  • 4. KM in WALES  |  June 27, 2009 at 06:51

    Picato – Are Milan after Brazil’s leftback Santos?he impressed me against Italy. Leornardo is creating a mini-brazil at milan – they’v got Pato & their after Santos, Hernanes & Miranda. With Leonardo’s knowledge of the brazilian league they can pick some of the best talent out there. I’v got a feeling that Juve & Milan are going to well in the champions league nxt year,they’r building good teams.why cant milan play with proper wingers?

    • 5. pitacodogringo  |  June 27, 2009 at 21:28

      there are lots of rumours around right now but i wouldn’t be surprised if at least one of the players you mentioned ends up at Milan. personally, i’d like to see Hernanes in the Premier League ….. or failing that, the Championship with Nottingham Forest haha

  • 6. Omoabas ismail  |  June 27, 2009 at 09:34

    I 4 one i dnt think arsenal need 2 recuit any youngstar dis time to d first team we need mature ones nt one 2 nurse.

  • 7. robdog  |  June 27, 2009 at 23:04

    Chelsea could use a bit of help on the flanks. It’s a match made in heaven 😀

  • 8. KM in WALES  |  June 28, 2009 at 12:03

    pitaco – nani doesnt play for arsenal 🙂 also is Dentinho a winger or striker?

    • 9. pitacodogringo  |  June 28, 2009 at 12:08

      i never said he did – maybe the sentence wasn’t clear enough though haha – dentinho’s a forward

  • 10. Lewis  |  October 18, 2009 at 01:53

    I’m playing Football Manager 2009 and I’m with Dundee United in the 2014/15 season. Dentinho is now 25, and I’m hoping to splash £22.5 million on sealing this player’s signature because my scouts are telling me he’s incredibly talented.
    Although the game is fictional, it is fairly accurate, and has predicted some stars of the future.

    • 11. pitacodogringo  |  October 18, 2009 at 11:40

      not very accurate about his age though – Dentinho’s 20 (19/01/89) – he’s good (though has picked up a nasty diving habit recently – but he’s not worth 22.5 million quid – i’d put him in the 6 or 7 million bracket

  • 12. Aykut  |  November 17, 2009 at 22:51

    Dentinho will replace with Roberto Carlos. Carlos is going to Corinthians and Dentinho is moving to Fenerbahçe. And Fenerbahçe ll continue to be a kind of Brasilian & Turkish team : Bilica – Vederson – Cristian -Santos – Alex- Deivid – Dentinho ( From Brasil) and also Lugano is not far away (From Uruguay) and Guiza also can speaks similar language (Spain)…

    And Turkish Stars: Volkan – Gokhan – Emre – Kazim – Mehmet Topuz – Özer – Semih; plus Tuncay (From Stoke City) and Hamit (From B.Munich)

  • 13. pitacodogringo  |  January 17, 2010 at 09:58

    For the Fernerbahçe fans reading this post, there is currently no news here in Brazil about Dentinho moving to Istanbul. but if anything comes up, i’ll post the news, ok?

  • 14. dark152023  |  January 17, 2010 at 14:10

    Today, there are some news about transfer of Dentinho in Turkish news. They say that, administrators from Fenerbahce S.K have gone to the brazil, to make an agreement with Corinthians for Dentinho. May be, it is only a transfer rumuour but hearing the news that, ”Dentinho is coming to Fenerbahçe” make me very excited. I hope, he will come to Turkey.

  • 15. Aziz  |  January 17, 2010 at 16:33

    Thanks Pitacodogringo, highly appreciated. Regards to Brasilia.

  • 16. Devil_ANKARA  |  January 17, 2010 at 21:27

    come to Fenerbahce Dentinho

  • 17. Aykut Kocaman  |  January 18, 2010 at 22:20

    I am coming to get you Dentinho!!!

    • 18. Kocmar  |  January 19, 2010 at 04:51

      Our sportif director Aykut Kocaman moves to Brasil to retrive Dentinho and bring him back to Istanbul. We are waiting good news from him.

  • 19. Fenerbahce !!  |  January 19, 2010 at 06:01

    i’ll happy to see u in istanbul dentinho….

    i think u will be here the next days.. 3-5 days…

    thanks for the transfer….

  • 20. izmirgfb  |  January 20, 2010 at 18:57

    dentinho we are waiting for u in kadıköy come and see here.
    you feel the brazilian and turkish powerfull and unique soul mix.
    and all brazilians kadıköy is your home in turkey and we hope dentinho ll be the latest member of this unity..
    hale lou ya fenerbahçe…..

  • 21. Mert  |  January 26, 2010 at 17:43

    is dentinho is fenerbahce , or is there any news about transer romours in brazil ?? please reply thanks ..

    • 22. pitacodogringo  |  January 26, 2010 at 19:19

      he’s still at Corinthians (for the moment at least!)

  • 23. nahit fb  |  March 11, 2010 at 06:51

    all the fans ll be happy to see u in Fb. Kadıköy waits u, Dentinho…
    You ll be a star in Turkey with all other brasilians, Alex, Santos, Cristian, Wederson…

  • 24. IVOR IRWIN  |  March 11, 2010 at 19:46

    it’s really about how much Corinthians want for him? Only Chelsea and Manchester City will pay over the odds. Besides, it might be better for him to spend at least a season in Turkey. The latest Brazilian player Manchester United seem to be interested in is Roberto Firminio. Anyone seen him play?


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