Santos snatch Arsenal target Zezinho
Santos have announced the signing of Zezinho from Juventude. The 17-year-old midfielder, who is valued at around €15 million (£13.5 million), was linked with a move to Arsenal last year.
The teenager has appeared for Brazil’s Under 17s and Santos are claiming that they’ve signed him on a two-loan deal – though the player’s economic rights remain in the hands of Juventude and Zezinho’s agent.
Santos’ director of football, Pedro Luiz Nunes, told Radio Primeira FM: “He will arrive next Monday. After the loan period, we’ll have the option to buy 100% of the player’s rights”.
However, Juventude president, Milton Scola, acknowledged that Juventude and Santos had discussed the idea of a move but denied that Zezinho has joined the Vila Belmiro club. “There was some talk at the start of the week. But I’ve not heard from them [Santos] since”.
Zezinho’s agent, Augusto Nogueira, also said the deal has not yet gone through but admitted that the player was very close to joining Santos. “If you ask me whether Zezinho wants to go to Santos, I have to say yes. Imagine Zezinho, Neymar and Robinho [together]?!. But for now nothing has been decided.
Robinho will make his return for Santos against São Paulo on Sunday. you can see the game live with us on Brazilian Football at 17:00 (Brasília).